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Uganda Tackles High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance

Although it is technically illegal to distribute antibiotics without a prescription in Uganda, pharmacies are often teeming with customers buying the drugs with little or no oversight.   Over time, bacteria have built up resistance to the overused drugs. Studies find that in Uganda, 80 percent of the bacteria that cause diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis are resistant to antibiotics. Advocates say part of the problem is understaffing. Uganda has only 600 pharmacists for a...

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