Flesh-Eating Bacteria Mutation Now Spread By Sneezing And Handshakes

4014611539_bfdaef47d5My bet for how civilization will end in 2012…The worst strains of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” have largely been found within hospitals, but the newest version can be contracted far more easily and is spreading through the streets in Britain and the United States, the Daily Mail reports:

A flesh-eating form of pneumonia that is easily passed between healthy people on public transport is spreading across the UK, experts have warned.

The deadly strain of MRSA called USA300 passes easily through skin-to-skin contact. It can also survive on surfaces and so has the potential to be picked up on crowded buses and tubes. It was first seen in the U.S but cases are now being reported in the community and not just hospitals in Britain.

USA300 is resistant to treatment by several front-line antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin. In severe cases, USA300 can lead to fatal blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that can eat away at lung tissue. There were 1,000 cases of community acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains.

14 Comments on "Flesh-Eating Bacteria Mutation Now Spread By Sneezing And Handshakes"

  1. Source is the Daily Mail. May as well be Fox News.

    • At some point you drop the political BS and actually address the fact there is a real threat to everyone. You are the reason there is no political progress. I hope you get MRSA.

      • DMBarrett | Feb 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

        Yes, and jumping down people’s throats like that is really fucking helpful too. The Mail do have a track record of blowing things out of proportion and/or misreporting scientific studies. Wind yer fuckin neck in.

        • Eat my ass, if you want to throw red herrings around like a bitch be prepared to take heat.

  2.  If this is true, they have found that Cannabis kills MRSA – All the more reason to legalize it !!!

    • Ceausescu | Feb 4, 2012 at 3:57 am |

       What does cannabis not kill …?

      TROLOLOLO

      • Ih8spammers | Feb 16, 2012 at 3:56 am |

         People!  Cannabis does not kill People.  The DEA, however, does kill people, and as such, the organization remains the only known dangerous side effect of cannabis use.

  3. Nunzio X | Feb 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    If only we had an asshole-eating bacteria…it would be “Adios, Dick Cheney!”

    • Notyocheeze | Feb 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

      It is was faggy douche eating bacteria you would dead too LULZAR!!!

      • Anarchy Pony | Feb 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm |

        What is with all the friggin’ troglodytes around here lately? They are just coming out of the cyber work left and right… GO BACK TO 4 CHAN! 

        • Indeed,
          And terms like “faggy douche” @ disinfo are just well …………
          Sadly I think channel 4 would be beyond their intellectual capacity.
          A few of the people posting in here would be hard pressed to make a half wit if they got together for a social gathering.

      • Nunzio X | Feb 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm |

         I didn’t mean any harm, Mr. Vice President; please don’t send me to the gulag.

  4. Cecelia Clarke | May 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    This article does seem to be carelessly, or deceptively, put together. MRSA is an abbreviation for a type of Staph infection which is stubbornly resistant to antibiotics. The term “flesh eating” usually refers to a type of Strep infection. They are both serious, but the author of this article has packed information together, possibly for the maximum scare potential. In my opinion, we all need to be aware of the dangerous natures of these infections, but news media writers like this one do nothing genuine to help. C. Clarke

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