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Med Clin North Am. 2011 Jul;95(4):647-76, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2011.03.005.

Pathogens resistant to antibacterial agents.

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Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Box 102359, Hanes House, Durham, NC 27710, USA. luke.chen@duke.edu

Abstract

Resistance to antimicrobial drugs is increasing at an alarming rate among both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Traditionally, bacteria resistant to multiple antimicrobial agents have been restricted to the nosocomial environment. A disturbing trend has been the recent emergence and spread of resistant pathogens in nursing homes, in the community, and in the hospital. This article reviews the epidemiology, molecular mechanisms of resistance, and treatment options for pathogens resistant to antimicrobial drugs.

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10.1016/j.mcna.2011.03.005
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