Bacterium stalks homes
A communicable diseases expert has warned that the Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria is threatening lives in nursing homes. Dr Richard Slack, a consultant in communicable diseases at the Health Protection Agency in Nottingham, said it was unclear how many residents had already died as a result of infection by the bacteria. However, it is believed that MRSA has spread from hospitals via infected people to more than 60 of 79 care homes in south Nottinghamshire, and Dr Slack said MRSA could have been a factor in the death of a number of residents. MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics and can lead to blood poisoning or pneumonia in older and weakened patients.