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Sunday, 25 September 2016

New MRSA Strain hits Denmark

Researchers from Denmark found a new alarming superbug Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA that is suspected to spread through eating contaminated poultry.

Majority of the people who raise livestock are more prone to risk of MRSA as researchers reported. But unfortunately 10 urban dwelling people known to be affected with new MRSA who do not work on farm nor did them have direct contact with farm animals. So researchers believes that these MRSA patients were affected after eating or handling contaminated poultry which was imported from other European countries. Since this new strain was not found in Danish livestock.

MRSA is a bacterium which is resistant to multiple antibiotics. It has been a threat to people long and a challenge for health workers. It is known to cause wide range of problems ranging from skin infections to pneumonia.

"Our findings implicate poultry meat as a source for these infections," said study leader Dr. Robert Skov from the Statens Serum Institut -- a Danish agency similar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

His findings were published recently in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Source: Tucson


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