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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are widespread and pose a serious threat, according to a new World Health Organization report. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:

Through the overuse of antibiotics, some bacteria have become more resistant.

Another problem is when a patient fails to take the full course of his or her prescription. Although 99.9% of the bacteria have been eliminated, the 0.1% have a chance of flaring up again even stronger than before. With this behavior, it's no wonder we are having a problem with "superbugs."

Don't forget about the overuse of antibacterial household items, such as dish soaps and hand sanitizers. Those products also have helped bring about this situation.

— Halden James Haley

Besides the overprescribing of drugs, think about the antibiotics that go into some of the foods we eat. In addition, some people flush old medicine down toilets. The drugs can end up affecting wildlife, and potentially make their way into the food we eat and water we drink.

We have to start paying more attention to these issues.

Jonathan Spooner

Stop prescribing antibiotics to people whom the drugs won't benefit. For example, antibiotics don't do anything against the common cold; it's a virus.

Mathew Andresen

We need to phase out antibiotic use in livestock. Livestock are given antibiotics often to stimulate growth, and there's evidence that this consumption affects antibiotic resistance in humans. But food and drug industries are fighting proposed legislation to reduce these practices.

Eden Anderson Wallace

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