Doctors say cases of MRSA or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus have dramatically increased in the last five years, in Central Kentucky and across the world.
The bacteria often starts on the skin and will move in through wounds or even insect bites.
The bacteria possesses a gene that makes it resistant to some antibiotic treatment, but it's still unclear why the bacteria seems to be spreading so quickly.
"It's not well understood why some people develop evasive conditions, meaning the bacteria goes from living on your skin or a boil then gets into your blood stream and goes deeper infections in you body," says Dr. Chris Nelson with UK Hospital.
Doctors say prevention is key, however, like practicing good hygiene by keeping hands clean and bathing regularly.
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