Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are reporting the emergence of a new, deadlier strain of MRSA that five times more deadly than existing strains.
Carol Moore, PharmD, a research investigator in infectious diseases at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has revealed that some patients infected with the new strain died within 30 days of contacting the bug.
The researchers assessed 16 people infected with the new strain, called USA600. They compared the disease process with 64 other patients infected with varied strains of MRSA.
"In light of the potential for the spread of this virulent and resistant strain and its associated mortality, it is essential that more effort be directed to better understanding this strain to develop measures for managing it," Moore said.
The details of the study were presented at the meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.