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Infectious disease and antibiotic resistance

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by QWhat is an infectious disease? What is it caused by? in Local News

A An infectious disease is an attack by a microbe on human health. It is usually caused by a virus, a bacterium, or less often, a fungus or parasite.

Q What is an antibiotic?

A An antibiotic is a chemical compound made by one organism to fend off another.

Q What is antibiotic resistance?

A Antibiotic resistance occurs when the target of the antibiotic mutates and no longer is harmed by the antibiotic.

Q Why are bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? How does this happen?