Saturday, March 14, 2009
SUPERBUG USA300 COULD BE MORE VIRULENT THAN HIV, IT HAS BEEN CLAIMED BUT IS IT REALLY...
New Superbug cases in New Zealand are soaring. The antibiotic - resistant Superbug MRSA(methcillin- resistant Staphyloccus Aureus) is taking hold in New Zealand with a huge increase in such cases during the last five years - and the Government is accused of failing to alert the public and health officials to the outbreak.
In the US, especially California, it is even being considered another 'Gay disease' potentially and virulently worse than HIV because of skin contact? But it could soon just be another disease perpetuated by sexual contact between people, whether homosexual or heterosexual. More research is needed here I would suspect.
Figures recently released by the NZ Health Ministry show the number of people infected with a new USA300 strain of the Superbug has risen from an estimated 12 to 420 in 2008.
The infection first presents itself as raised dots on the skin resembling pimples or boils. If these are left untreated they can become pus - filled golf ball sized abcesses and can go on and affect bones and organs, potentially fatal. It is not yet known whether there has been any fatalities in NZ. I suspect that personal hygiene has a lot to do with the contraction of this disease, people of any gender should be washing themselves with hot water, soap and disinfectant after having casual sexual relations.
In the USA and the UK the bacteria has reached epidemic proportions, but the bulk of the increase in NZ has been in people who have contracted the disease outside of hospitals - up from 96 in 2007 to 264 in 2008.
People who live and work in close proximity to other people are particularly at risk - in offices, hostels, rest homes, schools, gyms and sports teams.