Antibiotics are drugs that slow down or destroy the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi and parasites. Antibiotic resistance occurs when these microorganisms adapt to the drug that is attempting to attack it and continue to multiply in its presence.
“Effective antibiotics have been one of the pillars allowing us to live longer, live healthier, and benefit from modern medicine. Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”
“Antibiotics are very often prescribed for no useful purpose. Too many antibiotics are prescribed for viral infections such as colds, flu and diarrhea. Unfortunately, these public misconceptions are often perpetuated by media and others. For example, through the use of generic terms such as ‘germs’ and ‘bugs.If resistance to treatment continues to spread, our interconnected, high-tech world may find itself back in the dark ages of medicine, before today’s miracle drugs ever existence.
“Similarly, we now take it for granted that many infections are treatable with antibiotics, such as tonsillitis, gonorrhea and bacterial pneumonia. But some of these are now becoming untreatable.”Excessive and incorrect use of antibiotics in food-producing animals has also been a key player in drug resistance, since resistant bacteria can be transmitted to humans through the food we eat.
SO WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO ?????
ANTIBIOTIC RESSISTANCE….MAY BE THE THREAT TO THE MEDICAL SYSTEM..