The Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus

1533 WordsFeb 25, 20186 Pages
Throughout history we have seen the evolution of bacteria, we have seen them develop resistance against Penicillin, Methicillin and Vancomycin antibiotics .This bacteria has a unique ability to mutate to the new antibiotics. Alexander Ogston was a Scottish surgeon that discovered Staphylococcus can produce toxins and is the main cause of pus infection in the 1880’s. Later on they found out that aside from producing toxins Staphylococcus(Staph) also affects the skin and organs. Methicillin was first introduced in 1940, and in 1961 Staph had already developed resistance against it. This particular bacteria affects the skin and our organs. There are many questions unanswered but my question is “ To what extent has methicillin caused staphylococcus bacteria to evolve over time and how does it affect our skin and organs?” . This bacteria is considered a threat because it is able to mutate at a faster pace than other bacterias. When they named Staph they took into consideration the fact that it can live in skin surfaces without causing any harm and that under a microscope this bacteria lookes like a bunch of grapes or little round berries. The word staph comes from the greek word “staphyle” meaning a bunch of grapes and “kokkos” means berries. Staph has developed resistance to more than three antibiotics. Some scientists say that humans help bacteria develop resistance against antibiotics when they stop taking medication before it is time. There have been many occasions in
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