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The California Medical Association is warning people about the dangers of overusing antibiotics because of bioterrorism threats.

Association officials say antibiotics can cause harmful side effects and decrease the body´s ability to fight future disease. They fear patients will be tempted to take the drugs needlessly because of alarm over bioterrorism.

Patients throughout the state will be receiving one-page explanations on the dangers of taking antibiotics unnecessarily.

The notes, modeled after a doctor´s prescription pad form, were printed in Spanish and English and sent to 65-thousand physicians in the state.