New Strain of Super Bug Found

A new antibiotic-resistant staph infection has been discovered, leading to more fears that science is not keeping pace with these potent new bacteria. This strain of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) contains a new variant of the known resistance gene, making it difficult to detect with standard tests. In a statement reported in Scientific American magazine, Tara Smith, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, stated, “Those DNA tests, they all missed this. The gene they were looking for wasn’t there.”

Even more alarming, the new strain was found in both humans and cows in tests conducted in England and Denmark. The findings provide new evidence that the superbug could be passing from animals to people. The new strain is a bovine type—even those found in humans. MRSA new strainThis new discovery also follows the trend in cases found outside health care settings. Infections can be transmitted from people who have been in a medical setting and then passed MRSA along via touch or sneeze.

There is one potential cure, 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide , which has been used to kill a new strain of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Although the new bug (MRSA) is a different strain, 35% FG H2O2 has been effective against various types of viruses and bacteria and might be against MRSA as well. It’s certainly a promising possibility.