Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Drug Resistant Staph Could Become An Epidemic

Drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world’s next epidemic. This superbug dubbed MRSA ST398, was first identified in humans in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced to livestock. Infection rates are now up in Denmark and the Netherlands and may be the beginning of an epidemic. The transmission mechanism for the disease in currently unknown. Infections can cause skin and tissue infections, respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) and endocarditis (inflammation of the heart) Cooking kills most Staph aureus but food handling and cross-contamination can still cause infection. It is responsible for more deaths in the USA than HIV.
Posted by Astrojenny

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