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Bed bugs can carry MSRA, study finds

Jonathan Warren

16.05.2011

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Jonathan Warren
96924633 Some bedbugs carry ‘superbug’ MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and give you more than an itchy bite to worry about, according to a new study published in journal Emerging Infectious Diseases this month. Canadian researchers studied three patients and five bed bugs at St. Paul’s Hospital in an impoverished area of Vancouver, and found all of the insects were infested with some form of resistant bacteria. While bed bugs have not been known to spread diseases, Dr. Marc Romney, one of the authors of the study, said that it is not clear whether the bacteria originated with the bugs or if the bugs picked it up from already-infected people. He said: “Even though this is a small study, it suggests that bedbugs may be playing a role in the transmission of MRSA in inner-city populations where bedbug infestations are a problem.”

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Jonathan Warren

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