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The pandemic of antibiotic resistance


Interdisciplinary research provides a template for improved analysis and management of antibiotic–resistant bacteria, a growing threat to public health.

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Figure 1: The rise in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in England and Wales from 1989 to 1997 (data from ref. 6).
Figure 2: a, Longitudinal change in the frequency of penicillin–resistant pneumococcal isolates from children 7 years of age in Iceland over the period 1988 to 1996 (data from refs 8 & 9).


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I thank D. Austin for stimulating discussions and the Wellcome Trust for grant support.

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Anderson, R. The pandemic of antibiotic resistance. Nat Med 5, 147–149 (1999).

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