Restricting the use of antibiotics to stop the spread of superbugs may actually lead to more multiple drug resistance, according to mathematical modelling.
Antibiotic resistance is a major public health threat with scientists warning that we’re heading back to a world where a simple infection can kill.
Uri Obolski and Lilach Hadany of Tel Aviv University and colleagues used a mathematical model and medical records data to show that drug restriction may also lead to results opposite of those desired.
The study is published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.
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