MRSA outbreak stopped by its own genetic code
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Many people carry the bacteria staphylococcus aureus on their skin or in their nose. When this becomes resistant to various antibiotics, it is classed as being methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Around 1% of the population carries MRSA around on their skin or in their nose with no ill effect, and indeed the bacteria is not usually a problem unless the individual has an open wound or lowered immune system, which explains why it can be seen as more of a problem in hospitals, than in the general community.
I was even more impressed to read in the BBC Online report, that the cost of genotyping the bacteria, which can in turn lead to identifying the source, is relatively inexpensive, particularly when compared with the cost of treating and caring for someone who has become unwell because of the infection, which as the name suggests, is notoriously difficult to treat. It is suggested that this could become standard practice in hospitals across the country in a relatively short space of time. If future trials of this method go as well, then this would provide a different and hopefully cost-effective method of successfully tackling hospital acquired infections.
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