Antibiotic Resistance in Africa – Discerning the Enemy and Plotting a Defense
(2003; 19 pages)


At the turn of the century, the World Health Organization estimated that infections accounted for 45% of deaths in Africa and South-East Asia and that these diseases were responsible for 48% of premature deaths worldwide. Bacteria cause a significant proportion of infections in Africa. Unfortunately, in a remarkably short time, resistance to antibiotics has undermined the idealistic hope that bacterial infection would cease to be an important cause of death and disease. Indeed, antibiotic resistance increasingly compromises the outcome of many infections that were, until recently, treatable and remain the most common diseases in Africa...

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