Thursday, June 5, 2008

Superbug kills young and healthy, experts say

A germ that usually causes pimples or skin rashes caused fatal pneumonia in at least 24 otherwise young and healthy people during the 2006-2007 flu season and doctors need to watch for it, U.S. researchers said.
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Some of the patients died within four days and many were not initially treated for MRSA, which suggests their doctors had no idea what they had at first, said the CDC’s Dr. Alexander Kallen, who led the study.

That has implications for planning for the flu season and also preparing for a possible flu pandemic, said Kallen.

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