How is antimicrobial resistance spread?

by | May 7, 2023 | Uncategorized

Antimicrobial resistance, known as AMR, is when a microbe develops a resistance or immunity to the drugs we use to treat it. It happens over time as the microbes causing the disease adapt and make medications that treat them less effective, or not effective at all.

Once AMR develops, the problem gets worse when the resistance spreads.

We often need to rely on antimicrobials and antibiotics to keep people and animals healthy. But any environment where those treatments are regularly used is an ideal ground for microbes like bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi to develop AMR.

Disease prevention is the best strategy to reduce AMR and help ensure antimicrobial medications remain effective. That also means using antibiotics responsibly, as prescribed, to slow the development of treatment-resistant bacteria and keep animals and people safer and healthier.

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