Home > Current Controversies > MRSA Rate on the Rise in Kids Head and Neck Region Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Dec 04, 2010 by Cleveland Clinic, Views: 2375 Its called the super bug. But there's nothing super about being infected with the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium or MRSA. (mersa) It can cause serious skin and soft tissue infections and has been linked to pneumonia and even death. Learn more about the rise in MRSA and common risk factors.