On the Infection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
1994 Vol.10 NO.11
When methicillin was first used in 1959 to treat infections induced by penicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus. the initial effect was remarkable. Two years later England first reported cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in areas where methicillin had never been used(1,2). Fortunately, these strains represented only 1 % of all Staphylococcus aureus(3) The number of these strains, however, increased in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. and the strains were identified in other places such as Australia, Belgium and the United States (US)(4-6). In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, MRSA was to be found in almost every continent of the world. Though the proportion, varied from area to area the trend of increase aroused serious alert for clinicians.