It identifies multidrug-resistant USA as a virulent new strain of the bacteria that's normally been associated with hospitals and long-term care facilities. This new strain of MRSA is difficult to treat because it is resistant to methicillin and many more of the antibiotics used to treat the earlier strains. Diep's findings suggest that multidrug-resistant USA is rare in the general population. But the potential for it to spread is enormous, he says.
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Continue reading the main story The Castro district in San Francisco has the highest number of gay residents in the country, according to the University of California, San Francisco. One in residents is infected with the new multidrug-resistant MRSA strain, the study found. That compares with 1 in 3, people in San Francisco, according to statistical analyses based on ZIP codes. A separate part of the study found that gay men in San Francisco were about 13 times more likely to be infected than other people in the city. Credit Photo Researchers The San Francisco researchers suggested that scrubbing with soap and water might be the most effective way to stop skin-to-skin transmission, particularly after sexual activities. MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was once spread chiefly in hospitals. But in recent years, a number of healthy people have acquired it outside hospitals.
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Read our Blog Meningitis in gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men MSM Outbreaks and clusters of meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis, have been reported among men who have sex with men MSM across the U. Meningococcal disease is a rare, sometimes deadly, bacterial infection. It can strike quickly and lead to devastating complications such as hearing loss, brain or kidney damage or limb amputations.
Nearly a quarter of Shigella isolates tested in New York City showed decreased susceptibility or resistance to recommended antibiotics, and most of those infections were among gay men, researchers reported today in Emerging Infectious Diseases. For the study, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene performed susceptibility testing on Shigella isolates submitted to New York public health laboratories from March through May ; of those isolates were linked to an outbreak and analyzed separately, and were defined as sporadic. Because Shigella spp. The proportion of isolates found with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin is nearly five times the national estimate of 3. The most common symptoms were diarrhea and abdominal cramps, and median illness duration was 7 days.