UNMC Gets Grant To Study MRSA

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has received an $11.1 million grant to learn more about how some staph bacteria cause potentially fatal diseases and resist antibiotic treatments.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will pay for four projects at Omaha-based UNMC.

Infections caused by the drug-resistant variety of staph have shown up in increasing numbers across the nation.

That variety of the bacteria is known as MRSA (MUR-sah), or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

The researchers will examine the mechanism the bacteria use to resist the body's immune system and antibiotics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that MRSA is responsible for more than 94,000 serious infections a year.