Society, the Individual and Medicine

Antibiotic Resistance

1. Core Knowledge

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria that cause infection are not killed by the antibiotics taken to stop the infection.  The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, causing more harm.  Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance.  Smart use of antibiotics is the key to decreasing, or even reversing, the spread of resistance.

3. Additional Information

In 1997 the federal government held a conference to form a consensus statement on the problem.
Many web sites provide information on antibiotic resistance.
Information suitable to the general public is available from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
The British Medical Journal devoted a 1998 issue to drug resistance.
You may also find some information on the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada web site.

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