The Antibiotic Apocalypse!

By Ravi Chandra Dasari,
MSc, Molecular Biology
Uppsala University, Sweden

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the major issues affecting modern medicine and its ability to preserve public health against infectious diseases. India is the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics for human health, the next largest consumers are China and the US.”

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Antibiotic resistance is one of the major issues affecting modern medicine and its ability to preserve public health against infectious diseases. A growing number of infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them have become less effective. Antibiotic resistance has been plaguing countries across the globe. India is the largest consumer of antibiotics in the world. The lack of proper regulatory mechanisms, lack of proper sanitation, increase in income and cheap over-the-counter distribution of antibiotics has led to the rampant growth of resistant infections. Overuse of antibiotics is a major driving force in the growth of resistance in microbes.

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