With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent – especially in the southeastern U.S. -- researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi and Forrest General Hospital embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.
Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the causative agent of most Staph infection, is triggered byStaphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ that lives on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. There are approximately 86,000 cases and 11,000 deaths per year in the United States from what is commonly known as Staph infection.
Previously, there had been no studies to show risk factors for having highly resistant MRSA for those in the Southeast region of the United States, and particularly in Mississippi.
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