Photos of the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection
WARNING: Some of these pictures can be graphic.
This photo indicates how tiny the MRSA germs really are at almost 2400x magnification. Our skin is teeming with bacteria at all times, both good and bad. The beneficial bacteria help keep the harmful germs in control. Through the overuse of certain antibiotics, some types of staph bacteria are resistant to them. When antibiotics are given to a patient having resistant bacteria, then the drugs kill the beneficial germs, leaving the staph strains to multiply out of control, causing an infection.
This photo demonstrates a seconcary staphylococcal infection which led to MRSA. It is possible that the antibiotic-resistant germs entered the skin through the primary infection, and began to spread quickly.
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The patient in this photo presented with multiple MRSA infection sites. The sores are uncovered, so it is possible that the young patient helped spread the infection across the body by spreading the fluid from an initial infection. This lesion drainage is highly infectious, and all such wounds should be securely covered to prevent contact of these germs.