Emergence of Antibiotic Resistance: MRSA
Antibiotics once cured infectious diseases that were before deadly and incurable. Though this was an incredible medical breakthrough, only a few years later antibiotic resistance emerged and became another medical problem that is difficult to combat (Chambers and Deleo 629). One of the major resistant infectious diseases, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is carried by many healthy people became a very prevalent issue for patients and healthcare professionals. “Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common causes of infections, ranging from minor skin and soft tissue infections to severe, life-threatening infections” (Cataldo, Taglietti, and Pestrosillo 16). MRSA is a very serious infection that can be used to show how antibiotic resistance occurs and how it effects all people. MRSA helps us understand the severity of antibiotic resistance and how it not only effects the general population, but every individual around the world. The most important aspect of reducing risk of antibiotic resistant bacterium is the understanding of this issue in not only healthcare professionals, but the general public as a whole.
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