What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic drug has lost its ability to inhibit or kill the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause disease. In other words, the bacteria has become resistant to treatment and continues to grow. Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but the misuse of and overprescribing of the drug is accelerating the process. Because of this, a growing number infections are becoming harder to treat as the drug isn’t as effective as it once was. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the largest global health threats.