n South African Medical Journal - Part IV. Human infections and antibiotic resistance : original article
|Article Title||Part IV. Human infections and antibiotic resistance : original article|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Author||P. Crowther-Gibson, N. Govender, D.A. Lewis, C. Bamford, A. Brink, A. Von Gottberg, K. Klugman, M. Du Plessis, A. Fali, B. Harris, K.H. Keddy and M. Botha|
|Publication Date||Aug 2011|
|Pages||567 - 578|
|Keyword(s)||Acute respiratory infection, Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance, Antibiotics, Enteric infections, Hospital-acquired infections, Pneumonia and Sexually transmitted infections|
South Africa has a high burden of infectious diseases, including a large portion that are of bacterial origin. This section reviews the national burden of disease and levels of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial infections in the human population. The consequences of resistance on clinical outcomes, through either treatment failures or the development of more virulent infections, are largely unknown. The full impact of antibiotic resistance on health in South Africa therefore remains to be assessed.
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