14 04 2011

(The Seattle Times, 2008)

Having too much of a good thing is what caused this disease and what made this near harmless bacteria into the monster that it is. Not only has this disease brought the medical community to its knees it also highlighted the risks of the overuse of antibiotics. Bacteria evolve, and this fact is what makes MRSA so terrifying. It is already evolving to resist more of the drugs that can still kill the bacteria. If the medical community doesn’t pay attention to this crisis more superbugs will be created, and soon our weapons against them will be useless.

This disease is not only significant because of the health risks, and the community risks, but because it serves as a reminder that even the best of solutions can have grave consequences.