Resistant Skin Infections Increase

A new study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles found that over 50% of skin and soft tissue infections seen in select emergency rooms (ER) across the US were caused by a superbug. ER cases included severe pimples and skin boils. The superbug involved is Methicillin Resistant Staphylo-coccus Aureus (MRSA), a bacteria that does not respond to certain antibiotics. It seems that the occurrence of human infection from this bacteria is on the increase. One report indicated that MRSA-related deaths increased over 20% between 2003 and 2004 in England and Wales. Severe acne that does not respond to conventional antibiotics may be related to MRSA. Researchers and health care workers suggest that skin infections that do not heal should be seen by a physician to determine if it involves MRSA. The results of a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that therapy with the single antibiotic Cubicin (Daptomycin) was as effective for treating MRSA infections in the heart and blood stream as was dual therapy (two antibiotics normally used for this infection).