New strain of superbug found on the Isle of Man

A new strain of the superbug MRSA, that affects young, healthy people, has been found.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2010, 18:47 PM IST

London: British doctors have warned that
a new strain of the superbug MRSA, that affects young, healthy
people, has been found on the Isle of Man in the UK.

According to the island`s Department of Health, a
small number of cases of a bacterium, called MRSA USA 300, has
been confirmed; it was mainly transmitted at sports centres,
gyms, swimming pools and spas, and it was resistant to many
antibiotics and could cause serious infection.

Dr Katie Laird of De Montfort University was quoted
by `The Daily Telegraph` as saying, "Bacteria are particularly
good at adapting to their environment and through mutations in
their DNA, which they are able to share with other bacteria,
they can become resistant to antibiotics that are being
utilised in healthcare environments.

"The new antibiotic resistant strain of MRSA USA 300
that has been isolated in the Isle of Man is unusual in that
it affects the young, fit and healthy and is associated with
sporting facilities rather than the hospital environment."

Health chiefs on the Isle of Man have produced and
distributed posters, booklets and leaflets in a bid to curb
further spreading of the strain.

PTI