Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Sometimes, bacteria can change to be able to survive an antibiotic attack. One common cause for this is people using antibiotics when they have a viral infection. It can also happen if you don’t take all of the antibiotics a doctor prescribes – you’ll kill the weaker bacteria but the strongest will survive and re-grow! When this happens, we talk about the bacteria as being “antibiotic resistant”. It is only the bacteria that is resistant – not the people or animals they infect.
Explore antibiotic-resistant bacteria with this downloadable resource. With thanks to the University of Dundee, Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) for sharing the resource.
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