Antibiotics resistance directly affects patients. It takes much longer to cure their illness if the initial course of medicine fails to produce the desired results. Maybe the doctor will have to prescribe a different kind of medicine or use more dangerous toxic substances in an attempt to kill the bacteria. It is easy to grasp the suffering to the individual when a cure that formerly worked well now fails. The cost to society is easier to forget since it takes less immediately obvious forms. For example, the cost of lost days from work and prolonged stays in hospital amount to considerable sums.
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