Hospital bugs ‘hit communities’

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Virulent bugs are spreading outside hospitals and in the community and may put lives at risk, experts say.

They want doctors to be alert to a potentially lethal form of MRSA which can infect the lungs, and may strike young people in particular.

Panton Valentine leukocidin (PVL) strains of community-acquired MRSA can cause a condition called necrotizing pneumonia, which destroys lung tissue.

This only affects a minority of those infected, but can be deadly.

The condition is spread outside of hospitals via skin-to-skin contact and appears as sores which look like insect bites. In the very worst cases, it can kill in a day.



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