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MRSA spread by common antibiotic

Friday 21st September 2012
MRSA spread by common antibiotic
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Cases of MRSA are being spread by a common type of antibiotic, according to new research from the University of London.

The team in the English capital found that ciprofloxacin was a factor of the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria which affects a person's skin, blood, lungs and bones if they become infected, the Press Association reports.

Researchers noted that over a study between 1999 and 2009 the number of MRSA cases decreased when the amount of ciprofloxacin prescriptions was reduced. The medication is normally given out to prevent or treat certain infections that are caused by bacteria in the air.

However, over a short period, the researchers discovered that when doses of ciprofloxacin were reduced from 70 to 100 per 1,000 beds to just 30 per 1,000 beds the number of cases of MRSA also reduced from around 120 a month to 60.

These findings have been designed to help hospitals identify what caused an outbreak within their facilities.

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written by Megan SmithADNFCR-1780-ID-801454338-ADNFCR

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