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About Antibiotic Resistance

How Antibiotic Resistance HappensAntibiotic / Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microbes to resist the effects of drugs – that is, the germs are not killed, and their growth is not stopped. Although some people are at greater risk than others, no one can completely avoid the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. Infections with resistant organisms are difficult to treat, requiring costly and sometimes toxic alternatives.

Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics developed by humans, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading. (Read more from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Last Updated: 2015-11-19

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance