A feat of “genomic sleuthing” has uncovered 173 secret outbreaks of the superbug MRSA, a study shows.

Date: Oct 26, 2017

Source: BBC News website

Author: James Gallagher, Health and science reporter


They were found in the east of England over the course of just one year, according to the details published in Science Translational Medicine.

The researchers say their approach could transform the way we tackle MRSA and other superbugs.

Detecting outbreaks that are happening under our noses should cut the number of people infected.

  • MRSA – or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – is a bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely-used antibiotics
  • It can cause life-threatening infections if the bug breaches the skin, such as through a surgical wound

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Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41724992