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Warning over new threat from MRSA

A new strain of MRSA seems to be triggering a deadly form of pneumonia in people who catch flu, experts say.

Researchers believe the new strain of the antibiotic-resistant bacterium is becoming more widespread.

It is known as community acquired MRSA, (CA-MRSA) because, unlike most forms of the superbug, it poses a significant risk outside hospitals.

The potential threat is detailed in a study appearing in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.

However, experts stressed cases of pneumonia caused by CA-MRSA in the UK were very rare.

"CA-MRSA pneumonia is particularly dangerous due to the rapid, aggressive nature of the infection"

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