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Drug-resistant bacteria

  1. May 6, 2005 #1


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    Someone (in GD), who is going for a long period without bathing or showering, made the comment that bacteria are good. Well some are, but many others are not, particularly those of the staphlococcus group.

    from http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/staphylococcus.html


    But more disturbing is the fact that these type of bacteria and others are becoming more resistant to antibiotics.

    from http://www.healthshow.org/archive/week_2005_04_17.shtml

    Audio prgram - ( http://healthshow.org/audio/890/890a.smil )
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  3. May 6, 2005 #2


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    Yes, these bacteria have been "on the radar" for a number of years and are particularly troublesome as nosocomial, or hospital-aquired, infections. The are generally termed Methiciliin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and if you do a search for that term you'll pull up a lot of articles. Most people point to our "overuse" of antibiotics when they are trying to explain how such strains come about, it's quite distubing that something like a simple bacteria, which was once easily treatable, has become such as potential hazard.
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