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12.18: Putting It Together- Theory of Evolution

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    Let’s return to our discussion of evolving bacteria from the beginning of the chapter. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that based on current evidence, gonorrhea may soon be untreatable; there are no new treatments or vaccinations in development for this bacteria. Within the United States this remain the second most common sexually transmitted disease. Almost a third of the US cases are drug resistant. MRSA remains a growing problem in our healthcare system. Staph bacteria are the most common source of health-care related infections in the United States. Of MRSA infections, nearly 14% result in death.

    Think about It

    Based on this lesson you now understand that evolution is an inevitable process. Is there any hope of stopping antibiotic resistance from developing?

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    [hidden-answer a=”880848″]Yes and no. The average person can take a number of steps to minimize selective pressures on parasites. Without these pressures, mutations are less likely to spread in the population.


    Is there anything you can do?

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    • Take the full course of prescribed antibiotics
    • Don’t save or share leftover antibiotics
    • Don’t ask for antibiotics if your doctor does not recommend them
    • Practice good hygiene and get recommended vaccinations
    • Minimize your use of antibacterial products


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