oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Antibiotic resistance : review
|Article Title||Antibiotic resistance : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmaceutical Journal|
|Author||Haley Van Wyk|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
|Pages||20 - 23|
Antibiotic-resistant infections that are difficult to treat are becoming increasingly common and are causing a global health crisis. The number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has increased in the last decade. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can quickly spread, threatening the community with a new strain of infectious disease that is more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat. The evolution of resistant strains is a natural phenomenon which occurs when microorganisms replicate erroneously, or when resistant traits are exchanged between them. The use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs accelerates the emergence of drug-resistant strains. Poor infection control practices, inadequate sanitary conditions and inappropriate food handling further encourage the spread ofantibiotic-resistant infections.
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