Antibiotic Resistance (Drug Resistance, Antimicrobial Resistance) Center

Antibiotics are medications used to kill or slow the growth of bacteria and some fungi. The definition of antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to change (mutate) and grow in the presence of a drug (an antibiotic) that would normally slow its growth or kill it. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi become harder to treat. Antibiotic-resistant infections can lead to longer hospital stays, higher treatment costs, and more deaths. Read more: Antibiotic Resistance (Drug Resistance, Antimicrobial Resistance) Article

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