New Strain of Staph Infections

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A new strain of staph is sweeping the country, and the most common antibiotic can't fight it if it’s too late.

A small red bump anywhere on your body causing some pain may only look like a bug bite, but before you ignore it doctors say you should take another look.

Dr. Julia Weeks, the director of Archbold Urgent Care, says, "The thing people come in most for and are being seen around the country for are for what they think are spider bits, and they start out as little red bumps; they become bigger and more painful."
Staph infections, also known as MRSA, are common in hospitals and treated with antibiotics.

Now a new, stronger strain known as community-acquired MRSA is affecting people outside hospitals around the world.

Dr. Weeks says, "It’s being seen in our communities; it’s being seen worldwide, and it’s a problem because it’ more difficult to treat, it can be more aggressive, and cause much more serious skin infection."

It can even cause pneumonia and infections in the blood stream.

This new strain spreads from person to person by contact. Doctors say this infection can be very contagious, but say just washing your hands can make a world of difference.

Medical officials say other than the red bump, there are usually no other symptoms and warn people to just pay attention to their bodies.