Rapid MRSA/MSSA test

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a blood culture test that can determine if Staphylococcus aureus bacteria infections are methicillin resistant (MRSA) or methicillin susceptible (MSSA).

The KeyPath MRSA/MSSA Blood Culture Test can distinguish between the diseases within approximately five hours after any bacterial growth is first detected in a sample, the FDA said. The distinction between MSSA and MRSA is important: Some MSSA infections can be treated using certain antibiotics, whereas MRSA infections are resistant to most antibiotics.
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