MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Sue Cammarata, MD
Chief Medical Officer
MedicalResearch.com: Would you explain what is meant by MRSA?
Response: MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA is noted by the CDC as one of the top 18 drug-resistant bacteria threats to the United States. (from CDC https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/biggest_threats.html )
MedicalResearch.com: Why is infection with MRSA so serious?
Response: MRSA can cause skin infections, lung infection and other issues.
If left untreated, MRSA infections can become severe and cause sepsis – a life-threatening reaction to severe infection in the body – and even death. MRSA can also cause major issues, such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or nursing home. “Resistance to first-line drugs to treat infections caused by Staphlylococcus aureus—a common cause of severe infections in health facilities and the community—is widespread. People with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are estimated to be 64% more likely to die than people with a non-resistant form of the infection.” (quote from WHO website http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/ ) Continue reading