Drug resistance occurs when a cell or bacteria becomes less sensitive to a
specific drug. The clinical consequence of this is the decreased effectiveness
of that drug to cure a disease or to improve a patient's symptoms.
Respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS,
diarrhoeal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria are the leading killers among the
infectious diseases. In recent years, all of these diseases have become
resistant to first-line drugs.
Bacteria - Cell - HIV/AIDS - Infection - Tuberculosis
To read about this term in context:
GreenFacts Summary on Drug-resistant Tuberculosis
GreenFacts Summary on Global Public Health Threats6. Why is drug-resistant tuberculosis a growing public health concern?
Français: Résistance aux médicaments