strep and penicillin resistance

Bob Morrell bmorrell at ISNET.IS.WFU.EDU
Wed Jan 11 09:14:45 EST 1995


On Mon, 9 Jan 1995, Jamison Chochrek wrote:

> In any case, once you BEGIN an antibodic, you MUST use it as perscibed 
> for the the TIME perscribed.  The reason that we have antibiodic immune 
> strains is primarily from people who do NOT use as directed. If it says 
> ten days, go eleven if you can!!!!! The loaning of antibodics to people 
> is equally to blame!

While I have no argument with the above, I wonder why beta strep has 
remained so universally susceptible, despite being subject to the above 
half therapy as much or more than any other pathogen. Strep pneumo, h 
influ, staph, and other common pathogens have developed resistance as one 
would expect in our overprescribed, undercontrolled antibiotic environment.
What is it about strep pyogenes that has let it lag behind in resistance 
development?

Any ideas?


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