I know this is probably going to be a busy thread just because of the emotion the topic generates. I just happened to see this and found it too interesting/disturbing to not pass along. (No grammar
police for the split infinitive please.
Link to full article
Pryles (1958) reported that Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that has the ability to evolve and develop resistance to antibiotics in wide use. Jevons (1961) confirmed this finding. Curran (1980) reported S. aureus produces a tissue-destroying exotoxin. After six decades of antibiotic use, forms of S. aureus have evolved that are resistant to most common antibiotics, and this has become an important public health problem. These are given the name "methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" (MRSA). MRSA was once found primarily in hospitals, but new strains have entered the community. These new strains have acquired several new virulence factors. The existence of these virulent antibiotic-resistant pathogens pose serious problems for clinical management of infected patients.
Recent reports indicate that community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) now has reached epidemic proportions in many areas and has become a worldwide problem. Kuehnert et al. (2006) estimate, based on samples obtained in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, that 32.4 percent of the U.S. population are colonized with S. aureus. Circumcision long has been known to increase the risk of S. aureus infection in newborn boys. The advent of epidemic CA-MRSA dramatically worsens the risks associated with Staphylococcus infection
And yes, the website linked is anti-circ....but check the reference list. Quite long and full of reputable journals.
Also a warning, as some of the pictures are quite graphic and disturbing.