Researchers have identified a new strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterial infection that until the last few years was seen primarily among patients in hospitals and nursing homes. The strain, dubbed New MRSA, has been found in the United Kingdom.
Currently the new strain, which shows up in both cows and humans, has been found in less than 100 people in the U.K. The Health Protection Agency said the risk of becoming infected with the new strain was “very low.” By comparison, approximately 20,000 people in the United States die annually from MRSA.
“The risk of contracting this new strain of MRSA through drinking milk (from infected cows) is extremely low because the vast majority of cows’ milk is pasteurized and the pasteurization process destroys all types of MRSA,” said a U.K. Food Standards Agency spokesman.
While New MRSA has yet to reach U.S. shores, there is a new FDA-approved diagnostic test that will be able to quickly determine staph infections and their resistance to antibiotics. Staphylococci bacteria are common in infections, but many are methicillin resistant (MRSA) or methicillin susceptible (MSSA) and required altered treatment protocols. Being able to rapidly diagnose and correctly treat the infection, can save life and limb.
The test, called the KeyPath MRSA/MSSA Blood Culture Test, is produced by MicroPhage Inc. and can determine whether bacteria in a patient’s positive blood culture sample are MRSA or MSSA within about five hours and does so with a 98.9 percent accuracy rate. The MicroPhage test, done through nasal screening, is expected to have significant cost and performance advantages over current testing.
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New Strain of MRSA Bacteria Identified
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