CHICAGO, IL – Hospital isolation gown manufacturers and major producers of the popular antibiotic, Vancomycin, came out in cheerful hoards last evening to celebrate the “golden anniversary” of medicine’s favorite gram-positive coccus. The elegant 2012 Staph Ball, held last night at Chicago’s Ritz-Crackerton Hotel and Convention Center, commemorated 50 enduring years of MRSA.
In late 1961, the world witnessed the debut of a new strain of S. Aureus, resistant to to the widely embraced antibiotic, methicillin. After sporadic reports in the medical literature, MRSA truly hit the stage in 1962, with numerous hospital appearances in the fall of that year. Following a remarkably similar 1960’s trajectory to popular music group the Beatles, MRSA emerged from humble beginnings in England and swept across the Atlantic to take North America by storm. Not content to remain just another healthcare-associated bacterium, MRSA re-invented itself in the 1980’s and 1990’s, much like pop star Madonna did, as the hard-working emperor of community-acquired pathogens.
MRSA spawned an industry of adoring devotees, thirsty to make the plastic isolation gowns and high-powered antibiotics demanded by bacterial followers.
“MRSA took us from being a no-name little company in western Pennsylvania to being the largest manufacturer of latex-free isolation gowns in the Eastern US,” said Linda Edgering, CEO of Isolatrex Corp, as she raised a glass of champagne along-side ZestroPharmica‘s Vancomycin product representative.
While upstarts like Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus and Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella are attempting to steal the stage, this veteran rock-star of the infectious disease world is here to stay. Here’s to 50 great years, MRSA. You’ll always be more than just a spider bite. Rock on.
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