The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria poses a great threat to the people is by no means an exaggeration to say, as a new study has found that more people in the US now die from the MRSA than from AIDS.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was responsible for an estimated 94,000 life-threatening infections and 18,650 deaths in 2005, CDC researchers report in the Oct. 17 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. That same year, roughly 16,000 people in the U.S. died from AIDS, according to CDC figures.
MRSA infections are blamed on the failures of antibiotics. Dr. Nafsika Georgopapadakou, Editor-in-Chief of Drug Resistance Updates, believes MRSA is similar to a slow moving hurricane, gathering strength and resistance as it spreads. "Once the 'superbug' hits a community or hospital," asks Dr. Georgopapadakou, "are populations ready to cope?"
- What is MRSA and how does it attack the body?
- Why is the infection so widespread in hospitals, gyms, nursing homes, schools, and other community centers?
- How and why have certain infections become drug resistant?
- Why aren't conventional methods working to stop MRSA?
- Are we responsible for the rise of superbugs?
- Why it may be time to phase out antibiotics
- What are some promising approaches to eradicating these superbugs?