(ORDO NEWS) — Australian scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered a new strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can affect not only pigs, but also humans.
We are talking about the bacteria CC398, which causes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA). Study co-author Gemma Murrain said that over the past few decades, this bacterium has arisen not only in pigs, but also in other farm animals.
During this time, she developed complete resistance to all known drugs. The scientist also noted that such stability persists and even grows over several decades.
LA-MRSA causes infections similar to its “non-resistant” cousin, but because of the above properties, it is more difficult to treat.
The lead author of the study, Lucy Weinert, recalled that this strain is not only dominant among European cattle, but is also associated with a growing number of infections in humans.
It does not matter if infected people come into contact with animals. “Understanding the emergence and successful spread of CC398 in European animal production and its ability to infect humans is vital to managing the public health risk it poses,” she said.
Also, WHO previously classified this bacterium as one of the most significant global threats to human health.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus first appeared in the world in the early 2000s. Its cunning is that it does not cause symptoms in pigs, but in humans, on the contrary, it manifests itself very clearly.
Specifically, it causes boils, sores, and other infections on his skin. Fortunately, a number of studies claim that there are ways to combat it.
For example, according to some of them, some herbs and extracts, in particular those used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, can destroy the protective screen of this staphylococcus, known as “biofilm”.
It is also believed that the so-called “bald eye ointment” has a great effect in the fight against him. This remedy has been known for over a thousand years. It is a secret mixture of onions, garlic, wine and so-called “bile salts”.
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