INTRODUCING

STOPMRSA

StopMRSA is an initiative designed to decrease the prevalence of MRSA infections through education and community action.

THE PROBLEM

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.

In the year 2000, MRSA accounted for nearly 60% of all Staphylococcus aureus infections.
This is not some distant threat, but something happening right now. If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine, where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again. 
DAVID CAMERON
British Prime Minister

QUICK FACTS

Knowledge is key.

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.

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
The bacterium primarily spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact
Every year, this bacterium kills around 19,000 Americans
MRSA sends about 400,000 Americans to the hospital annually
There are two types of MRSA: HA and CA-MRSA
Around 2% of the general population is colonized with MRSA
Practicing good hygiene is the number one way to prevent MRSA infections
The antibiotic most commonly used to treat MRSA infections is Vancomycin