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Deadly superbug on the rise

According to a study, some of the boils and pimples severe enough to send people to hospital emergency rooms are caused by a sometimes deadly// bacterium that cannot be treated with conventional drugs.

The deadly superbug or Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is found to be responsible for 59% of skin and soft tissue infections in 11 emergency rooms across the united States. This was reported in a study carried out by doctors at the University of California. This study that was published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine revealed how the MRSA strain has become so widespread in the community.

"I think we were all surprised by how common and widespread it has become," said Rachel Gorwitz, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one of the study's authors.

MRSA is a type of bacterium resistant to some of the antibiotics. This usually occurs in patients with weak immune systems in hospitals and nursing homes and can be spread by poor hygiene.

Staphylococcus sp. had become resistant to Methicillin, a synthetic penicillin, within a decade of its introduction in the late 1950s. By 1997, about 40 percent of staph infections in hospitalized patients were found to be resistant to methicillin.

“It appears now that everyone is at risk," research team leader Gregory Moran said in a written statement. "So if you think you have a spider bite or other type of skin lesion that is not healing, you want to see your doctor to make sure it's not an infection like MRSA."

Findings reveal that doctors need to test the infections, when they become serious enough, to make sure that they are not of the MRSA strain.

MRSA accounted for 15% of the skin infections at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 3 years ago. Now it has risen to 60%!!

Health officials in Pittsbugh, are so worried about the outbreaks that they are requiring pediatricians
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