Question: How would you treat staph infection,

  1. Staph infections are caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus (Staf-fill-o-coc-us), so antibiotics are the answer. BUT, Staph bacteria have adapted to treatment and are now able to resist most of the common antibiotics we have, like penicillin, which has created “super bugs” that are difficult to fight.

    The good news is that most drug-resistant “super bugs” can still be treated with a hard core antibiotic called vancomycin – but there are now cases of patients who have been infected with staph superbugs that are resistant to vancomycin as well.

    So we need to keep developing new antibiotics to keep one step ahead of these drug-resistant super bugs.


  2. Staph is the short name for a bacteria called Staphylococcus. Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics but some bugs have become resistant to these drugs, which means we need to keep looking for new antibiotics constantly.