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Bionic Man

04 Jul 06

A Bugs Life

21 Jun 06

As many as 52 million people worldwide could be carrying the hospital superbug MRSA, scientists have claimed.

The prevalence of the infection makes it the most commonly identified antibiotic-resistant pathogen in many parts of the world.

MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is regularly found in Europe, north and south America, north Africa, the Middle East, and east Asia and can be contracted by poor hygiene standards. Scientists from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands, published their findings in the Lancet.

Prof Grundmann said genetic changes in the superbug meant that a "fitter" strain had now evolved which could prove even more resistant to treatment and more virulent. Such strains of MRSA could prove potentially "explosive" in hospitals, he said.

Face off

20 Jun 06

Drink up Chaps!

26 May 06
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