LUNGS AND MRSA
ANCHOR LEAD: MRSA IS BECOMING AN IMPORTANT CAUSE OF PNEUMONIA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, as it has come to be known, is now showing up as one of the most virulent bugs causing pneumonia, the British journal The Lancet has reported. Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says this situation has been developing for some time.
Milstone: We’ve been seeing MRSA pneumonia here for over five years in previously healthy people, both children and young adults and older adults, not necessarily people that have underlying diseases, but people that come in that just out of the blue can have bad pneumonia with this MRSA bacteria that we’re seeing spread in the community. It’s interesting, a lot of these people have a preceding viral illness so people that will get seasonal influenza and seeming to get a little better from the influenza and then will have a second wave followed by worsening of their pneumonia. :31
Milstone says MRSA is now one of the bugs being tested for in cases of pneumonia. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.