Do you use over the counter anti-bacterial ointments?
These ointments may be leading to a new, antimicrobial resistant strain of MRSA according to a study published Wednesday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s monthly peer-reviewed journal.)
According to Japanese researchers resistance to bacitracin and neomycin was only found in USA300, a type of MRSA found in the United States.
An estimated 1.5% of the U.S. population – more than 4 million Americans – are now carriers of the bacteria.
Healthcare workers, parents and everyone should be careful not to over use these anti-bacterial ointment products.