What Causes Mercer Staph Infection?
Were you looking for information on MRSA Causes? "What causes mercer staph infections?" is a common misspelling and variation of MRSA causes.
When a staph infection is caused by a specific strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it is known as a MRSA infection. MRSA stands for "methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" -- this refers to the fact that this type of bacteria does not respond to methicillin or other similar antibiotics, such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin (Amoxil®).
In the 1940s, Staphylococcus aureus infections were routinely treated with penicillin and other recently discovered antibiotics. However, due to the widespread use of antibiotics from that point on, new strains of bacteria have developed that can now resist previously effective drugs, such as methicillin and most related antibiotics.
(Click MRSA Causes to learn more. This article provides a more in-depth look at MRSA's history and explains how this type of bacteria has evolved over the past several decades. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)