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Drug resistance

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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.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

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 Threats

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  • Translation(s):

    Español: Farmacorresistencia
    Français: Résistance aux médicaments
    Nederlands: Geneesmiddelenresistentie

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