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MRSA: The Superbug

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA) is a skin infection that cannot be fixed with a medicine that kills bacteria called antibiotics. Because the bacteria cannot be killed with medicine, the infection will keep spreading, eventually reaching other areas of the body. And with nothing to stop the infection from spreading, MRSA can eventually kill the patient. That is why it is important that people know about MRSA, what it is, and what to look for.

Normally, Staphylococcus aureus is present on our skin, and if you get a cut your body goes to work to defend itself against this bacteria. If you get a normal staph (sounds like "staff") infection, antibiotics can kill the bacteria and you will be better in a few days. But with MRSA, the antibiotics do not work to kill the bacteria and that makes this kind of infection very dangerous.(6)

On this site you will find answers to questions you may have about MRSA, like what are the causes, what are the symptoms, what are the treatments, and how can we prevent it.

Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Carly Gietler in fulfillment of requirements for the course TCL 323 : Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2008.