The term MRSA refers to any strain of Staphylococcus aureus that has gained resistance to the antibiotics used to treat regular staph infections. More specifically, these bacteria are resistant to a family of drugs called beta-lactam antibiotics.
MRSA was born from a misuse of antibiotics. Over time, it has become resistant to more and more drugs. Because of this, MRSA is often referred to as a superbug. Now, we are down to our last antibiotic defenses, and once these fail, the results could be catastrophic. And we’re closer to that point than you might think.
Consider this: currently, only about two percent of S. aureus isolates are sensitive to penicillin. In addition, MRSA is responsible for more deaths per year in the US than AIDS. This bacterium cost the healthcare system around $10 billion in 2005.
Putting an end to MRSA is is no easy task, and is easier said than done. However, having a basic understanding of the bacterium and the infection it causes can help protect you and your loved ones.