The New England Journal of Medicine reports today that MRSA,Methecillin-resistant staph aureus, is now a serious problemin the general population, and recommends that all staphinfections be tested to determine if they are MRSA.

MRSA is a severe form of staph that is resistant to all butthe most aggressive antibiotic treatment and can be rapidlyfatal in some cases. It is especially dangerous if it entersthe lung, where it causes a pneumonia that can be fatal in amatter of days.

MRSA usually involves skin infections, and can lead topermanent destruction of tissue and require surgery to stopthe spread of the infection.
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