Fighting Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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.

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."

"Why isn't it working?" Cathy's mother asked.

"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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