What are antibiotics?
- Antibiotics , also known as antimicrobial drugs, are chemical tha inactive or damage bacteria but they are not effective against viruses.
- Until the 1940s, when antibiotics were discovered , people with infections such as tuberculosis , pneumonia and sexually transmitted diseases often died because the treatments were not effective.
- After their discovery, antibiotics transformed medical care and dramatically reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. They have been hailed as miracle drugs magic bullets.
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