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Incurable disease "decimated" American gays

January 16 2008

The researchers said that the strain eludes drug potentially deadly bacteria has gone beyond U.S. hospitals and now spreading among gay men.

Bacterium Staphylococus aureus or MRSA is extremely resistant to the antibiotic metitsilin and appeared outside the hospital of San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

Researchers report that after the spread of bacteria and even among the heterosexual population, it will be impossible to stop. While tenacious MRSA spreads among gay men in San Francisco and Boston. Doctors suggest that it is sexually transmitted.

MRSA can cause life-threatening and disfiguring infections, which can be treated only with intravenous injections of expensive antibiotics. In 2005, the bacterium was the cause of death for 19,000 Americans. Most of them died in hospitals.

About 30% of people are chronic carriers of common staphylococcus, which can be transmitted through contact with other people, surfaces or objects. In support of staphylococci, they are mainly found in the nose. MRSA is found in the anus and is passed between sexual partners. If the bacterium enters the body through wounds or other skin damage, it causes severe skin infections.

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