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Resistance to antibiotics in northern Nigeria: what bacteria are prevalent, and which drugs work against them

Fred C. Tenover, University of Dayton and Nubwa Medugu, Nile University of Nigeria Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of microorganisms to resist drugs that have been developed to control them – is a severe problem in African countries. The continent has the highest global burden of antimicrobial-resistant infections, with 114.8 deaths per 100,000 people. One of the causes of resistance is inappropriate use of antibiotics. Using the wrong antibiotic to treat an infection enables resistant bacteria to flourish and spread. It’s challenging to address the resistance problem when there are gaps in three areas: It’s essential to identify the type

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