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Vaccines, superbugs spread in the media

John Kerr posted in on March 18th, 2015.

Superbugs and vaccines are high on the agenda this week at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) conference, an event which has received national media attention. Research to be presented at the meeting includes a link drawn between the overuse of topical antibiotics and the spread of  Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections. Advances […]

SMC BRIEFING: Superbugs and vaccines – infectious disease

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 18th, 2015.

In conjunction with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Science Media Centre hosted an online briefing to preview new research highlights from their international conference on infectious diseases in Auckland this week (18-21 March). Speakers presented new findings on: How prescriptions for children’s skin infections are driving the spread of a new superbug strain (MRSA) Effectiveness of the childhood […]

Superbug control measures questioned

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2014.

The jury is still out on the effectiveness of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug control policies in hospitals, according to leading infectious disease experts in a Viewpoint published in The Lancet. In particular, screening and isolating infected patients-which have long been regarded as the gold standard MRSA prevention strategy and are required by law in […]

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FDA crackdown on antibacterial soaps – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2013.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on soap manufacturers to come clean about how effective antibacterial hands washes really are. The government watchdog this week issued a statement saying they expected manufacturers to prove that soaps labelled ‘antibacterial’ provide clear health benefits to balance any potential risks. The FDA said there currently […]

Superbug infections low but increasing – ESR

John Kerr posted in on April 30th, 2013.

A new study of the ‘superbug’ known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), shows infection rates in New Zealand are increasing both in hospitals and in the wider community. The research found that between 2005 and 2011 the rate of MRSA infections across the population more than doubled from 8.6 to 18 per 100,000 people. The […]

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