Journal Article

Antimicrobial Drug Use and Resistance among Respiratory Pathogens in the Community

Donald E. Low

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue Supplement_3, pages S206-S213
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321849
Antimicrobial Drug Use and Resistance among Respiratory Pathogens in the Community

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There is substantial evidence that the overuse of antibiotics is a major cause for the emergence of resistance in respiratory pathogens in the community. However, it is also recognized that the mechanisms of resistance, the cost of resistance to the fitness of the organism, and the ability of the resistant strain to disseminate are all important contributors to this problem. Therefore, when developing strategies to control and/or prevent the emergence of resistance, health care professionals must take each of these factors into consideration. As we enter a new era in the use of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of respiratory tract infections, we have an opportunity to apply such lessons learned in the past to minimize or prevent the development of resistance to this class of antimicrobial drugs in the future.

Journal Article.  6367 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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