The Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

March 7, 2016 4:41 PM

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While first-world countries use the most antibiotics, a new report reveals that antibiotic use in second- and third-world countries is steadily increasing. While this may be good in terms of treating and preventing diseases, it has some serious consequences for the global threat of antibiotic resistance. As researchers wrote in a recent report, "When it comes to antibiotic resistance, the rich pay with their wallets and the poor pay with their lives."

The use of antibiotics grew by an astounding 30 percent from 2000-2010, and according to the report, "Antibiotic use drives antibiotic resistance." The countries with the biggest increases in antibiotic use were India and South Africa. You can track antibiotic use and resistance worldwide on the Cen...

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