Record low antibiotics use as resistant bacteria cases rise

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The number of Swedes prescribed antibiotics has decreased in the past year. Yet despite this more people are getting sick or carrying drug-resistant germs.

In its annual report on antibiotics use in Sweden, the Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) said on Tuesday that for the first time nationwide, Sweden in a year has gone below the level of 300 antibiotics prescriptions per 1,000 inhabitants.

"It is great news, the country is making great progress," Malin Grape, the head of Folkhälsmyndigheten's unit for antibiotics and infections control tells Radio Sweden.

Antibiotics are becoming less effective worldwide as a result of their overuse in humans and animals. This year, more than 14,000 such cases of resistance to antibiotics have been reported to the Public Health Agency.

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