New Antibiotic May
Treat MRSA and VRE – Compound Found in South African Soil Could Kill
Hospital SuperBug Infections
May 17th 2006
Researchers believe that a specific compound taken from bacteria found
in the soil of South Africa, may be a cure or treatment for methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
says that 130,000 people each year are treated in the hospital for MRSA.
Merck scientists discovered by looking at various compounds from around
the world. ABC News recently reported that scientists tested the newly
discovered soil bacteria compound on mice infected with staph. It
cleared their infections, and left the mice with no toxic side effects.
Merck scientist Stephen M. Soisson told the Associated Press “We
screened over 250,000 extracts that came from things isolated all the
way around the world."