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Rights: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Published 9 October 2017
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In this Royal Society Te Apārangi video, find out why antibiotics need to be used wisely to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout our community.

Transcript

Voiceover

Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent bacterial infections, but bacteria can become resistant to the antibiotics used against them.

They will survive and pass this resistance on to future generations.

They can even pass on resistance to unrelated bacteria.

Development of antibiotic resistance is a natural process, but misuse of antibiotics is accelerating the problem. This is why antibiotics need to be used wisely to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout our community.

Acknowledgement

This video was produced by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. For more information about antimicrobial resistance and the evidence that underpins this video, visit their Expert Advice webpage