You are looking at Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and according to today’s study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, deaths associated with these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS.
In the past this bacteria often produced mild skin infections easily treated with penicillin. But because antibiotics have become over-prescribed for every little thing and its hangnail, the new aggressive flesh-eating blood-poisoning strain of MRSA often doesn’t respond to such treatment.
And now these infections aren’t just centralized in hospitals, but are spreading throughout gym locker rooms and prisons and nursing homes and daycare facilities—especially in poor urban areas.
Why? Because healthy people are often the carriers of this bacteria. On their skin. Or. In. Their. Noses.
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