Science Questions

Can you completely get rid of MRSA?

Sun, 15th Mar 2009

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Jane, Norwich asked:

Can you completely get rid of MRSA, even if it's got into the lungs?


Chris - Yes, MRSA Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  This is one of the hospital superbugs that we've talked about.  It's a very resistant bacterium but there are antibiotics including one called Vancomycin which can destroy it.  It tends to colonise lots of people.  Probably about 10% of people might carry MRSA.  It's increasing in the community now.  What we're finding is that if people do get it then it can be cured by a big dose of antibiotics even if you've got it in places like the lungs.  No reason to panic too much.


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