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Staphylococcus aureus, especially Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), infections can be severe and even fatal.  Each year, thousands of patients acquire Staph infections annually while in hospital resulting in enormous suffering, amputations and loss of life. Studies throughout North America and the UK have demonstrated that patients who are carrying or are colonized with Staphylococcus aureus are at risk of self-infecting. Studies also have demonstrated that eliminating nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus significantly reduces the number of Staph infections and therefore must be considered a necessary strategy for the overall reduction of healthcare-associated infections.1,2

The nose, armpits, hand and groin are the major hotspots for MRSA colonization

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Streptococcus “Strep” VS Staphylococcus “Staph”: How do they differ?

Streptococcus (above) Vs. Staphylococcus (bottom)

There are a lot of similarities between Streptococcus (Strep) and Staphylococcus (Staph) that lead to confusion. Both are:

  1. spherical, facultatively anaerobic gram-positive bacteria
  2. common members of the normal human microbiota
  3. capable of resisting many forms of important antibiotics
  4. some species are capable of being pathogenic, responsible for serious infections and even deaths directly or indirectly through virulence factors such as toxins

The key differentiating characteristics between these two groups of bacteria are Read more »

MRSAid™: A Non-antibiotic Approach to MRSA Prevention

In as little as ten years, MRSA (short for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has become almost a household name. Today, everyone knows of someone who has died or has nearly died from a serious infection. MRSA is very likely to be one of the main culprits. This rampant infection rate was simply not the case ten years ago. In only one decade, we have seen the rise of antibiotic resistance to become one of the top ten global health issues that has affected both our communities and our economies. Indeed, the MRSA infection problem is estimated to cost US$3.2-$4.2 billion annually in the US alone1. Read more »

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