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On call: What to do about a "superbug"

Updated: November 01, 2008

On call

What to do about a "superbug"

Q. Every time I pick up my newspaper, I seem to read about a "superbug" called MRSA. I don't want to be an alarmist, but I want to know how to protect my family.

A. Let's start at the beginning, with a bacterium that's been with humans at least as far back as the classic Greek era. It's named Staphylococcus aureus but it's usually called Staph. aureus or staph. Staph. aureus is where the "SA" in MRSA comes from.

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