Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus on campus: a new challenge to college health

J Am Coll Health. Jan-Feb 2008;56(4):347-50. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.44.347-350.


As new drugs to control bacterial pathogens are developed, the organisms evolve to survive. Staphylococcus aureus, a common organism, has steadily developed resistance to antibiotics. For more than 40 years, resistant S. aureus presented a formidable problem to hospitalized patients; in the past decade, however, it has begun to appear outside the clinical setting-often in young people without significant medical conditions. Early diagnosis, appropriate control measures, and proper antibiotic choice can limit the spread and severity of infection.

MeSH terms

  • Community-Acquired Infections / epidemiology
  • Community-Acquired Infections / prevention & control
  • Community-Acquired Infections / therapy
  • Humans
  • Methicillin Resistance*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / prevention & control
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy
  • Staphylococcus aureus*
  • Universities