Can you completely get rid of MRSA?

15 March 2009

Question

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

Answer

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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