[Skip to content]

Private Healthcare UK
Search our Site

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.

Advertisement
.

Scientists identify new MRSA strain

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

A new strain of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been identified by a group of scientists from the University of Dublin.

 

Publishing their findings in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the team revealed that the new strain is not detected as MRSA by routine conventional and real-time DNA-based polymerase chain reaction assays commonly used to screen patients for MRSA.

 

In fact, it was found to belong to the genetic lineage clonal complex 130. This has previously been associated with MSSA, which comes from cows and other animals but was not linked to humans.

 

Professor David Coleman from the University of Dublin commented: "The results of our study and the independent United Kingdom study indicate that new types of MRSA that can colonize and infect humans are currently emerging from animal reservoirs in Ireland and Europe and it is difficult to correctly identify them as MRSA.

 

"This knowledge will enable us to rapidly adapt existing genetic MRSA detection tests, but has also provided invaluable insights into the evolution and origins of MRSA."

© Adfero Ltd

 

Private treatment news: 12 June 2011

Get a Quote

Private treatment

Get a quote now

Typical Costs

Private treatment

View typical costs