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Fighting Drug Resistant Bacteria



Fighting Drug Resistant Bacteria
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.67

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    happening, resistant, finding, killing, antibiotic, penicillin, prescription, coughing, virus, multiply, better, strep, reproduce, finally, longer, since


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Fighting Drug Resistant Bacteria
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Cathy was finally feeling better. It was Saturday. She missed three days of school last week. She had strep throat. But by Sunday night, she was feeling sick again. Her throat hurt. She was coughing.
 
2     Cathy's mom took her back to the doctor on Monday morning. The doctor looked at her throat. "It's red again," he said. "I think we'll have to try a different antibiotic. The one I gave you last week isn't working."
 
3     "Why isn't it working?" Cathy's mother asked.
 
4     "Antibiotics are having a tougher time killing bacteria these days. The bacteria are changing. They are more resistant to the medicines we have to fight infections."
 
5     The doctor went on to talk about penicillin. He said it used to be the "miracle drug." It was used to treat all kinds of illnesses. It fixed strep throat, ear infections, and infected cuts.

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