An Antibiotic Found In Our Noses Fights MRSA
MRSA is the most common superbug, but the key to fighting it may have been hidden right up our noses.By Steven Sparkman | July 27, 2016
The key to fighting the most common drug-resistant superbug may have just been found — in nose germs.
The superbug, MRSA, is a drug-resistant strain of Staph aureus, and it's bad news. It infects 80,000 people in the U.S. every year, leading to 11,000 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers it a serious threat. It also tends to strike places like hospitals and nursing homes.
We bring it to those places in our noses. Staph aureus bacteria are naturally found up the nostrils of about 30 percent of adults, a few of whom have the drug-resistant strain.