An overview of antimicrobial resistance and its public health significance

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Multiple papers have been published regarding the bacterial resistance theme over the last years. A variety of information has reached general and scientific public, daily bringing up data on new resistant microorganisms, new drugs, outbreaks, epidemiological news, resistance gene dissemination, and the lack of information in a particular field has caught our attention: the public health department. Most of researchers, physicians and government employees interpret the public health field as a separate department, not linked to this antibiotic resistance era that we are living nowadays. In this paper we carefully tried to fill in the blanks between public health and the bacteria resistance issue, also considering historical, social, economical and biological problematic that come with this possible pre-antibiotic era. © 2014, Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia.




Balsalobre, L. C., Dropa, M., & Matté, M. H. (2014). An overview of antimicrobial resistance and its public health significance. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia.

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