Pestilence watch: deadly form of MRSA spreads from U.S. to U.K.

February 2, 2012LONDONThe number of potentially deadly strains of MRSA that are easily passed between healthy people, outside hospitals is increasing in the UK, experts said today. They include a flesh-eating form of pneumonia, USA300, which has spread across the US and is now being seen in the UK. Dr. Ruth Massey, from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath, said extra vigilance was required around PVL-positive community acquired MRSA strains. She drew attention to USA300, a deadly strain of the superbug which passes easily through skin-to-skin contact. It is resistant to treatment by several front-line antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin. In severe cases, USA300 can lead to fatal blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that can eat away at lung tissue. Dr. Massey said there were 1,000 cases of PVL-positive community acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains. ‘These community-acquired strains seem to be good at affecting healthy people – they seem to be much better than the hospital ones at causing disease. ‘They don’t rely on healthcare workers moving them around, which the hospital ones seem to.’ Dr. Massey said USA300 is ‘a really big issue in the US and it’s starting to emerge here. ‘But hopefully because we are aware of it and are working to understand it, it won’t become as big of a problem (in the UK).’ –Daily Mail
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6 Responses to Pestilence watch: deadly form of MRSA spreads from U.S. to U.K.

  1. Tim – your post is here:

    Flesh Eating Disease In Cocaine Found In New York, Los Angeles – Cocaine Supply Of Entire Nation May Be Affected

    Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.
    The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent of the country’s coke supply contains it.
    “It’s probably quite a big problem, and we just don’t know yet how big a problem it really is,” said Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist with Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.
    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/06/25/fleshing-eating-disease-cocaine-york-los-angeles-cocaine-supply-entire-nation-affected-30871/

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  2. nanoduck says:

    Staphylcoccous is very common and is normally found on skin. It can cause infections when they get into cuts or pores, and usually people have strong enough immune system to fight if off. When a people get a pimple, that is usually staphylococcus infection. MRSA are staphylococcus that have multiple resistance to antibiotics, and they are no more virulent than regular staphylococcus. It is a problem when people get infected, and their body can’t fight it off and then the antibiotics doesn’t work.

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  3. Wayne says:

    A normal pimple is not staph. Staph is much more aggressive. Staph can enter the skin through a pimple that is picked at …..

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  4. Johnna Davito says:

    MRSA is really dangerous because it can evolve or mutate into an even more dangerous strain of super bacteria.*.*;,

    Many thanks http://www.healthmedicinelab.com/wheat-allergy-symptoms/

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