CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

The Worst Kind of Super

How Can We Fight the Rise of Deadly Superbugs?

In 2004, an outbreak of MRSA decimated my college rugby team. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus–also called MRSA (pronounced MER-sa)–sent every infected player to the hospital for treatment, every uniform and piece of equipment to the cleaners, and the rest of the season into a rut. In 2003, five players on the St. Louis Rams football team were infected with MRSA, too. We were just like the pros.


“Superbugs” are bacteria that have developed immunity to a wide array of antibiotics. Whether food-borne, hospital-acquired, or passed around the locker room, these bacteria …

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