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MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – a particularly troublesome bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. It is one of the “super bugs” that has a nasty reputation. Like most illnesses, MRSA can be mild or severe. The milder, community acquired infections are can be treated (and cured) by topical and/or oral antibiotics, accompanied by diligent hygiene procedures. Sadly, the much more severe, hospital-acquired MRSA infections can be resistant to many antibiotics, creating a clinical challenge, but those too, can be cured with the proper treatment. Severe MRSA can have fatal outcomes as well. Newer antibiotics are being developed to combat MRSA and other emerging-strains of resistant organisms.

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