Staph infection


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Staph infection

Infection with Staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria can infect any part of the body.
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Q. What is MRSA? I’ve heard on the news that some hospitals have a higher rate of MRSA infection. What is MRSA?

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MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a nick name for a specific subtype of bacteria from the Staph bacteria family, which is found resistant to many of the common antibiotics that are in use today. This is due to a mutation development in the Staph bacteria, which allowed it to grow resistance against the killing ingredient in common antibiotics, therefore making it a harder infection to treat and cure. Hospitals keep track of their MRSA infections for epidemiological reasons, in order to get a perspective on bacterial resistance to antibiotics, hoping new and more effective antibiotic medication will be researched.

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Staphylococcus aureus, or staph infection, is a bacterium that many healthy people carry around on their skin without being infected by it at all.
The announcement came a week after the 31-year-old canceled a b0ok signing event due to the staph infection.
Antibiotics are typically used to treat staph infections, but some strains are resistant to standard antibiotics, and a different course of treatment might be needed.
A common vitamin may have the potential to provide a powerful weapon to fight certain "superbugs," antibiotic-resistant staph infections that are seen as a threat to public health.
Editor's Note: In mice that received injections of 250 mg nicotinamide per kilogram body weight prior to non-MRSA staph infection, bacterial counts in the animals' spleens and kidneys were 100-fold lower after 48 hours compared with animals injected with saline.
BOSTON -- It's no surprise that antibiotic resistance continues to grow, but now some Staphylococcus aureus are showing off a new trick--resistance to chlorhexidine, the antiseptic relied upon to prevent staph infections.
The following day, a laboratory report indicating a staph infection was sent to an ED secretary, but the patient wasn't told the results.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of staph infection commonly found on the skin that can resist treatment with common antibiotics.
In July 2007 Mary learned that another nurse was ill with a staph infection.
Neither Maxipime nor Flagyl would have treated the Candida or coagulase-negative staph infection.
Almost two decades after the general public became aware of--and frightened by--an antibiotic-resistant staph infection called MRSA (methicillin-resistant S aureus), the strain of MRSA often seen in hospitals and other health facilities has declined by more than nine percent, according to a study in the August 11, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
slug=ap-browns-bentley) reported Thursday that former Cleveland Browns center LeCharles Bentley sued the team over a career-ending staph infection.