Antibiotic Resistance And Its Effects On Nonpathogenic Strains

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Microbiology Research Paper: Antibiotic Resistance and its effects on nonpathogenic strains in the microbiome
Lourdes Samantha Valencia
MW Microbiology 12
Matthew Schweitzer
Fall 2015 Antibiotic resistance had been a crisis in the United States for many years now. According to the CDC, “up to 50% of the time, antibiotics are not optimally prescribed, often done so when not needed, [or with] incorrect dosing or duration” (CDC). More and more bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant mostly due to incorrect amount and length of dosage, while sometimes, even the actual antibiotic is incorrectly given to the patient. Because of this, many strains of bacteria had become resistant to these antibiotics and thus, have infected more and more people. Some antimicrobial resistant bacteria, on the other hand, are obtained through animals. CDC suggests not to use antibiotics in food producing animals to promote growth, and use it only when it is medically significant. In this particular research paper, 40 patients displayed visible skin infections, all having similar, if not the same, manifestations of symptoms. They are currently not responding to the prescribed antimicrobial therapy. It is hypothesized that the bacteria might have became resistant to the antibiotic the first patient (or group of patients) infected might have been initially taking (possibly because of an incorrect dose or the patients failure to finish the dosage). If this is the case, then the bacteria would become…
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