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How can one person's antibiotic-resistant disease affect the community?

Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems. Almost every type of bacteria has become stronger and less responsive to antibiotic treatment when it is really needed. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria can quickly spread to family members, schoolmates and co-workers—threatening the community with a new strain of infectious disease that is more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat.

For this reason, antibiotic resistance is among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) top concerns.

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