What does antibiotic resistance mean?

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Antibiotic Resistance is one of the major threats facing today’s modern medicine.  Over 2 million people can pick up a bacterial infection in a US hospital in an year and about 90,000 can die. According to the CDC about 70% of these bacterial infections are resistant to at least 1 antibiotic.  As resistant bacteria are evolving quickly the pharmaceutical pipeline for new antibacterial drugs does not show hope of many new antibiotics.

Research the topic “Current state of Antibiotic resistance in the US and have we humans contributed to the problem” and write a research report (about 2 to 3 pages) elaborating on following points.

  1. What does antibiotic resistance mean?
  2. How is it caused?
  3. What are the current threats to us here in the US due to antibiotic resistant bacteria?
  4. Why do we not see many new antibiotics developed to counter the threats of these newly evolved infectious bacteria?
  5. Have we humans contributed to the current state of antibiotic resistance and if yes, how?
  6. What could we do as a nation to tackle this problem and reduce the number of death per year related to resistant bacterial infections?

 

 

Please type up your report. Cite your list of references at the end. 5 or more scientific and trustworthy references required. Print it out and turn in the assignment to me in class. Report is expected to be 3 to 5 pages.

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