Super-Bug Tricks Immune Cells
Experts say there is evidence that aggressive community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections “explode” the body’s germ-fighting cells. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the CA-MRSA strain secretes a peptide that causes immune cells called neutrophils to burst, eliminating a key defense against bacterial infection. Researchers hope to develop new ways to either neutralize the peptides or activate the immune system to defend against them.
By the way, do some of the Torontonians still remember SARS?