bacterial resistance

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Related to bacterial resistance: Antibiotic resistance

bacterial resistance

the ability of certain strains of bacteria to develop a tolerance to specific antibiotics to which they once were susceptible.

bacterial resistance

The ability of bacteria to survive and cause continuous infection in the presence of antibiotics.
See: antiviral resistance; antibiotic resistance; multidrug resistance; transfer factor
See also: resistance

Patient discussion about bacterial resistance

Q. Why Is it Important to Not Use Antibiotics Often? Why is my doctor always so reluctant to prescribe me antibiotics?

A. Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem in both developed and underdeveloped nations. By 1984 half of those with active tuberculosis in the United States had a strain that resisted at least one antibiotic. In certain settings, such as hospitals and some childcare locations, the rate of antibiotic resistance is so high that the usual, low-cost antibiotics are virtually useless for treatment of frequently seen infections. This leads to more frequent use of newer and more expensive compounds, which in turn leads to the rise of resistance to those drugs. A struggle to develop new antibiotics ensues to prevent losing future battles against infection. Therefore the doctors try to avoid using antibiotics when it is not necessary, and try to keep a certain limited use of these medications.

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The children with uncomplicated UTIs (without urinary tract anomalies) with unexpected bacterial resistance (UBR) are febrile/non febrile, have no severe systemic reaction and usually negative urinary tract ultrasound (US) examination (10).
The death rate of patients is [mu]; we assume that bacterial resistance has no effect on mortality but the cure rate and these bacteria are transmitted between patients in hospital via direct contact between patients, through contamination of the institutional environment, or with the inadvertent help of human vectors.
Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, warned about the ignorant man who, if allowed to buy antibiotics over the counter, would provoke bacterial resistance by under-dosing himself.
Objective: To investigate the common bacterial resistance of clinical isolates in our hospital in the second half of 2011.
metabolic processes, protein synthesis, cell-wall synthesis); their synthesis and mechanisms of action; level of bacterial resistance thus far; and clinical applications.
However, the increasing incidence of bacterial resistance to these antibiotics is of great concern.
Among the drugs being taken more often, the researchers pointed out, are new broad-spectrum antibiotics that are more expensive and more likely to lead to bacterial resistance than older versions.
To the Editor: An increasing number of bacterial infections are now difficult or impossible to treat (1) because of the misuse of antimicrobial drugs and the epidemic spread of bacterial resistance to these drugs (2).
This new products is useful for imparting bacterial resistance to surfaces as measured by a significant reduction in the average bacteria counts found on the surface.
This anti-bacterial is reportedly useful for imparting bacterial resistance to surfaces as measured by a significant reduction in the average bacteria counts found on the surface.
Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents, both in community and health care settings, has long been recognised as a worldwide phenomenon of increasing extent and relevance.

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