Thursday, September 17, 2009

Super Beach Bug

The beaches of Puget Sound aren't just for getting your surf on and thinking about finally going after that foul beast what swallowed your hardy crew. No, they're also a fine source of potentially fatal multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that are immune to any attempts you might make to stop them from killing you. MRSAs are often found in hospitals, where they can infect people with severe illnesses. But University of Washington researchers found the bacteria on several Puget Sound beaches, with no obvious source. Since MRSAs are salt-loving, it's not unusual that they would thrive in ocean water, though they aren't naturally occurring. The good news is that most people are able to survive MRSA infection. The bad news is that some people aren't able to survive MRSA infection. Swim at your own risk. More details here.

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