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Faster, Stronger, and Deadlier -- the MRSA Superbug

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is very hard to kill once you become infected. It is resistant to most antibiotics. For years, vancomycin was used -- an old, rarely used medicine with significant side effects.

But MRSA has now developed resistance to vancomycin, too.

Reuters reports:

“... agricultural practices encourage the development of new drug resistance.”

The widespread use of antibiotics in animals turns them into:

“... the perfect testing ground for bacteria developing new ways to evade our drugs.”

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