Write a 5 pages paper on antibiotic resistance threats. Worldwide estimates have revealed that infections that persist due to antibiotic resistance are the second-leading cause of death. In many other cases it has resulted in increased treatment costs, hospital stay and doctor visits (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). This development of resistance has been largely attributed to the ability of microbes to adapt and mutate in order to survive in their host organisms. While it is nearly impossible to prevent this mutating ability of microbes and hence the development of resistance to antibiotics, humans can nevertheless control the spread of antibiotic resistance by taking precautionary measures to prevent infections, regulating the use of antibiotics both as a cure for infections as well its use in food animals and agriculture where it is used to prevent the spread of pathogens. While these steps will not eliminate the development of antibiotic resistance by microbes it will however slow the spread of the resistance (Spellberg et al, 2008. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013).
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