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Preventing and managing MRSA

VOL: 96, ISSUE: 38, PAGE NO: 8Rose Cooper, PhD, BSc, PGCE, is a microbiologist, School of Applied Sciences, University of Wales Institute, CardiffProfessor Keith Harding, MB, MRCGP, FRCS, Director, Wound Healing Research Institute, CardiffWhen it was first developed, penicillin effectively treated Staphylococcus aureus infections by inhibiting bacterial cell-wall biosynthesis. Within 10 years, however, more than 80% of S. aureus strains were resistant to it.

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