Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? From a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona to an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation's most prestigious hospitals, FRONTLINE investigates the alarming rise of a deadly type of bacteria that our modern antibiotics can't stop.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are bacteria that can cause infections on the skin (such as cellulitis), on burned areas of the body, and around wounds where invasive devices like feeding tubes and catheters enter the body. MRSA can also infect the eyes, bones, heart, or blood. Unlike regular staph infections, MRSA is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics, including methicillin, used to kill bacteria. Decades ago, a strain closed a number of hospitals,