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New Strains of MRSA Enter the General Population

"Frightening new forms of the MRSA superbug are emerging that attack the immune system, are highly infectious and can kill patients by destroying lung tissue.

The bacteria spread through the community and are not confined to hospitals like most MRSA strains.

They produce a toxin called Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL) that kills white blood cells, an essential part of the body's immune system defences.

Infection by one of the deadly strains could easily be overlooked because the initial symptoms appear relatively harmless."


MRSA Information

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems (see healthcare-associated MRSA).

MRSA infections that are acquired by persons who have not been recently (within the past year) hospitalized or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters) are known as CA-MRSA infections. Staph or MRSA infections in the community are usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils, and occur in otherwise healthy people.

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