Top 5 ways bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics
Antibiotics, antivirals, and other antimicrobials are losing their effectiveness because of antimicrobial resistance, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Over-prescribing and misuse of antimicrobials play a big role.
Treating resistant infections costs the US healthcare system an estimated $21 billion to $34 billion annually, IDSA said.
Antimicrobial resistance refers to microbes' natural ability to evolve genetically to counter the drugs, according to Amesh Adalja, MD, an IDSA spokesperson.
Here, Dr Adalja additionally offers 5 ways why bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics.