This animation shows you how antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, such as MRSA, can develop and spread, particularly in hospitals. 

This animation shows you how antibiotic resistant infections, like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), can spread in a hospital setting and what impact they can have on the management of patients with these infections.

Antibiotics are important medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria acquire mutations in particular genes that enable them to evade the action of antibiotics that would normally kill them.

Antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria have become widespread due to the overuse of antibiotics, such as methicillin. These bacteria can be easily transmitted between patients but good hand hygiene is a simple and effective way of preventing their spread.

This page was last updated on 2015-12-01