MRSA Bacteria Photo 5
Photograph depicted a cutaneous abscess on the hand, which had been caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, referred to by the acronym MRSA.
S. aureus bacteria are amongst the populations of bacteria normally found existing on ones skin surface. However, over time, various populations of these bacteria have become resistant to a number of antibiotics, which makes them very difficult to fight when attempting to treat infections where MRSA bacteria are the responsible pathogens. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin.
Photo credit: Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
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