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Drug-Resistant Superbug Spreads Outside Hospitals

The infectious bacteria known as MRSA is now a familiar threat to people who spend time in a hospital or nursing home. For over 40 years, MRSA has vexed health care officials, where the drug-resistant “superbug” takes advantage of patients with weakened immune systems. More recently, exposure to MRSA, also known as drug-resistant staph, increasingly happens outside of hospitals. One of the most fertile breeding grounds for MRSA is on the farm.

In her new book, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, journalist Maryn McKenna has taken a look at what the spread of MRSA means for health care here and around the world.

National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production
PEW Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming
Center for Disease Control: MRSA

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