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Prevalence of MRSA 'Superbug' Sparks Concern

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Prevalence of MRSA 'Superbug' Sparks Concern

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A drug-resistant bacterium called MRSA has recently claimed the life of a 17-year-old student in Virginia. The so-called "superbug" causes potentially life-threatening bloodstream infections. A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association warns that the infectious strain is becoming more common.

Dr. Elizabeth Bancroft, a medical epidemiologist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, answers questions about the drug-resistant bacteria. She is author of the JAMA article, "Antimicrobial Resistance: It's Not Just for Hospitals."

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