A new strain of superbug, in the form of pneumonia, which attacks even healthy people, is spreading across Britain, warn scientists.
The deadly strain of MRSA called USA300 passes easily
through skin-to-skin contact. It can survive on surfaces and so has the
potential to be picked up on buses and tubes.
It was first seen in the US
but cases are now being reported in the community and not just hospitals in Britain, the
newspaper said Thursday.
Ruth Massey, from the department of biology and biochemistry
at the University
of Bath, said extra
vigilance was required around this and similar MRSA bugs known as PVL-positive
community acquired strains.
The USA300 is resistant to treatment by several antibiotics
and can cause large boils on the skin. In severe cases, it can lead to fatal
blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that can eat away at lung tissue.
Massey said there were 1,000 cases of PVL-positive community acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains.