What Causes Mercer Disease?

Were you looking for information on MRSA Causes? What causes mercer disease is a common misspelling and variation of MRSA causes.
 
MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of bacteria that is able to withstand (resist) the effects of methicillin, a common antibiotic. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics such as methicillin and penicillin are believed to be the primary causes of MRSA.
 
Understanding the history of MRSA and its causes can show how the disease developed. The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria were first discovered in the 1880s. Infection with this organism led to painful, even life-threatening, infections.
 
In the 1940s, antibiotics were coming into use, and their effectiveness against S. aureus was proven. However, as such medications became increasingly popular as a treatment for bacterial infections, the bacteria started to evolve and develop resistance to these drugs.
 
The first reported human case of MRSA in the United States occurred in 1968. Since then, new strains of bacteria have developed that can now resist previously effective drugs, including antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin (Amoxil®).
 
In 2002, physicians in the United States documented the first S. aureus strains resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin (Vancocin®), which had been one of a handful of antibiotics of last resort for use against S. aureus.
 
(Click MRSA Causes to learn more about the history of this disease, the effects of MRSA, and who is at risk for it. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
 
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