Drug-resistant bacteria or superbugs do not respect religion, politics, notoriety, or CDC regulations. They are out to win. Unfortunately, some authorities still cling to the belief that superbugs and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) residing in the nose are “no big deal”, blurring the distinction between normal flora and the harboring of dangerous pathogens.
This new narrative arose after the drug resistance epidemic spun out of control, and I feel it will be hard to sell to the public. It flies in the face of thousands of MRSA reports of athletes and school children struck down by this dangerous pathogen; And in the face of scientific evidence of the increased virulence of MRSA and the emergence of the deadly dominant strain, USA300. Unfortunately, some major news outlets have joined with the healthcare industry and are inhibiting the allocation of resources needed to reverse this epidemic.