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Read about how NIAID-Funded Researchers Discover an Additional Way that S. Aureus Evades Immune System Attacks.

Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicting MRSA bacteria
Credit:NIAID

During the past four decades, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has evolved from a controllable nuisance into a serious public health concern. MRSA is largely a hospital-acquired infection, in fact, one of the most common. Recently, however, new strains have emerged in the community that are capable of causing severe infections in otherwise healthy people.

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Last Updated January 24, 2014

Last Reviewed March 09, 2011