Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that’s capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – better known as MRSA – which is rapidly spreading throughout the US.
With more and more bacteria species becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have available, scientists are desperately looking for new ways to protect against infection, and early research suggests that the Antarctic sponge could be an option.
Staphylococcus aureus – or staph – infections are pretty common, particularly in hospital settings, and under normal circumstances they’re not particularly hard to treat. But MRSA is a strain that’s developed resistance to most of the antibiotics we have available, which means it can quickly spread from a superficial infection, such as a skin infection, to an invasive one, which can be life-threatening.
This is why you need to follow the directions and complete your course of antibiotics. And not take them for things that aren’t bacterial.
Scientists just found a compound that kills 98% of a drug-resistant bacteria
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