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What is antibiotic resistance?

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Antibiotic resistance occurs when microorganisms that cause diseases become resilient and can generate ways to resist the antibiotics. This makes the antibiotics lose the ability to fight bacteria and other foreign invaders.

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Bacteria may become resistant by undergoing mutation or obtaining another bacterium, as stated by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance causes the growth of infections in the body leading to increased illness and deaths. The expense and length of treatment increase. Patients also face the risk of experiencing severe side effects from the use of other powerful medications. People who are at a higher risk, includes the elderly people, infants and people with poor immune system.

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