Is that simply "news hype" or do parents have something to worry about? Unfortunately, it is a little of both.
Although MRSA is becoming more common, causing simple skin infections, abscesses, and more serious infections, unlike many news reports that say it is "invulnerable" (The Dallas Morning News) or that it "does not respond to treatment with common antibiotics" (Chicago Tribune), it fortunately does usually respond to the common antibiotics clindamycin or bactrim.
So while MRSA can be dangerous and deadly and you should learn more about how to prevent this staph infection, you don't necessarily need to be overly worried if your pediatrician says that your child has a mild MRSA infection. This "superbug" can usually still be treated, especially in healthy children with mild infections. Of course, you should see your pediatrician if your child has an infection that is getting worse or isn't going away, just in case it is a more serious MRSA infection.
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