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February 10, 2005

Nasty clones causing MRSA problem

Topics: Health Issues

The UK's MRSA problem may be due to the emergence of highly contagious clones of the superbug, says a scientist.

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(MRSA costs the British NHS 1 billion pounds per year)

The emergence of two particularly nasty versions of MRSA coincides with increasing hospital superbug infection rates, says Dr Mark Enright.

And MRSA is not just a British problem.

"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates have previously been classified into major epidemic clonal types by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis in combination with multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec typing."

Posted by Hyscience at February 10, 2005 1:47 PM



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