Study finds growing resistance to antibiotics in New Zealand

Study finds growing resistance to antibiotics in New Zealand

Originally published on Stuff

Drugs that fight common, infectious diseases are becoming less effective in New Zealand because of an increased resistance to antibiotics, which are being over-prescribed, a new study has found.

The University of Auckland study also found that European and Asian New Zealanders were being "hugely over-prescribed" antibiotics compared to Māori and Pacific people.

The study, called Ethnic disparities in community antibacterial dispensing in New Zealand, 2015 and published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, looked at almost 5 million antibacterial prescriptions dispensed in the country during 2015.

The study said drugs which fought common, infectious diseases were becoming less effective because of an increased resistance to antibiotics - "a direct consequence of persistent high levels of community antibiotic use in New Zealand". 

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