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• Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
• Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant ones may be left to grow and multiply.
• Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are the primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria.
• Overuse and misuse of antibiotics threatens the usefulness of these important drugs. Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is a key strategy to control antibiotic resistance.
• Antibiotic resistance in children is of particular concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use and often have fewer antibiotic choices since some antibiotics cannot be safely given to children.
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