MRSA Found In Bed Bugs By Vancouver Researchers

By on May 13, 2011 in North America, Science, World Comments

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA was discovered by Vancouver researchers on bed bugs, according to reports by several international news sites.

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Scientists’ analysis of bed bugs taken from three patients at St. Paul Hospital revealed that MRSA is present in the superbugs.

Other bed bug samples revealed the presence of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), a less dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

According to reports, bed bugs and MRSA are both on the rise at downtown Eastside in Vancouver in recent years.

The new discovery, that bed bugs carries and transmits MRSA, may raise health alarm in the different communities.

MRSA, when not properly treated, causes pneumonia or infections of the skin, blood and joints.

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