Mrsa | Rapid Diagnosis Of MRSA Infections


This “superbug” is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , or simply MRSA . The podcast explains how MRSA started off as a threat mainly in hospitals and nursing homes among patients with open wounds, urinary catheters and weakened immune systems. Older people and children were frequent victims. But these infections, which shrug off many of the most powerful traditional antibiotics , are now occurring in locker rooms, gyms and other settings in the general community.

And these superbugs are now attacking healthy people. MSRA strikes at least 280,000 people in the United States alone every year. Almost 20,000 of those patients die. The cost of treating a single case often exceeds $20,000.


Diagnosing MSRA infections quickly is important, so that treatment can begin immediately with the right antibiotic, explains Kent Voorhees, Ph.D., who is featured in the new episode. Voorhees and former Ph.D. student Angelo Madonna developed the technology for a fast new blood MSRA blood test, just approved for general medical use by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Marketed by MicroPhage, Inc., the KeyPath™ MRSA/MSSA Blood Culture Test uses paper strips to diagnose these infections so that treatment can begin


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