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Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas

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YU, Haiyang; HAN, Xu  y  QUINONES PEREZ, Dianelys. Humanity faces disaster: antimicrobial resistance. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.3, e3850.  Epub 16-Jun-2021. ISSN 1729-519X.


Bacterial resistance endangers the health and survival of human beings and increases the economic burden on society and patients. It is a global phenomenon; therefore, Cuba is not exempted from it.


To present the social and economic impact of antimicrobial resistance from a philosophical point of view as well as to describe the role of a preventive measure to stop antimicrobial resistance.

Material and Methods:

A review of bibliographic sources was carried out in databases such as PubMed and the Regional Portal of the Virtual Health Library; Google Scholar search engine was also used.


Social, economic and ethical aspects related to bacterial resistance are analyzed. A preventive measure to stop antimicrobial resistance is described. In addition, the relationship between antibacterial drugs, bacterial resistance and prevention and control measures is analyzed from the point of view of science-technology-society.


Human society is constantly developing and progressing under the promotion of science and technology. In just a few decades, antibiotics have gone from being "miracle drugs of great impact on health" to being "a non-renewable resource in danger of extinction". Necessary measures such as the optimization of the use of antibiotics, a health policy support, and a health strategy for the prevention and control of infections must be taken to stop the development of bacterial resistance.

Palabras clave : Antimicrobial resistance; prevention; socioeconomic impact; ethics.

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