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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 had missed three days of school. She had had a very sore throat and fever. Cathy's mom had taken her to the doctor. He did a test. He said Cathy had strep throat. Cathy had to take medicine. Cathy started feeling better. But by Sunday night, she felt 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. Bacteria are getting resistant to the medicines we have to fight infections."

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