Welcome to the definitive MRSA “Superbug” web site. The objective here is to inform you about the ever increasing threat to your health posed by the growing prevalence of the MRSA type infections in our hospitals.
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Key MRSA facts at a glance
- MRSA is a subgroup (about 40%) of the common Staph aureus bacteria, that is resistant to a range of antibiotics, including penicillin. It is only one of several bacteria that have become resistant to some antibiotics but it accounts for the majority of infections.
- A patient with a hospital acquired infection is about 7 times more likely to die than an uninfected patient.
- Most strains are treatable with a "last line of defense" antibiotic called vancomycin but there are real signs that these strains are now developing a resistance to this antibiotic. Should that happen we will have regressed to the pre-antibiotic days when bacteria had the upper hand in the survival stakes. Untreatable infections and epidemics would be the order of the day.
Did You Know
- Men are twice as likely to acquire an MRSA type infection than women.
MRSA and Superbug Articles and Information
- What is MRSA? This article details everything you need to know about MRSA. From what exactly it is to what causes it and much more.
- Protecting yourself from MRSA. In this article we show you how to protect yourself from MRSA.
MRSA in the UK. With more than 100000 hospitals acquired infections per annum, MRSA is a big problem in the UK. Learn more in this article, including a comparison of hospitals, the National Audit Office report and the DH Action Plan.
- MRSA in the USA.
An overview of the MRSA problem in the USA.
- MRSA in Ireland. MRSA is all over the Irish newspapers and media. Find out why.
- MRSA in the Netherlands. Find out how the Dutch beat MRSA in this informative article.
- New weapon to fight hospital infections. As part of their preventative strategy the NHS in the UK spent £100k proving that negative ions destroy superbugs. Take a look at the findings.
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