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MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been in the news recently and is often referred to as a "superbug." MRSA (pronounced MER-suh) is an antibiotic-resistant form of the common bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or "staph." Staph infections have been seen regularly throughout human history and often caused death before the advent of antibiotics. Even today, a normal staph infection can kill if it is not treated and allowed to migrate to the lungs, heart, blood, and joints. MRSA is a big concern to the health community because it is harder to treat than normal staph.

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1. How Common is MRSA?

Staph is a common bacteria with one person in three carrying it without ill effects. MRSA is fairly common, as well, with about two in 100 people (2 percent) carrying it without even knowing it. Although MRSA is resistant to many types of antibiotics, the earlier you receive treatment, the more likely a successful prognosis and outcome.

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