Category Archives: Causes and Sources

Flesh Eating Bacteria (MRSA) in Your Pork?

A Seattle television station investigates the presence of the flesh-eating Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria in pork and discovered MRSA in three percent of its sample.

Three percent may not be widespread enough to cause us to panic and stop eating pork but it is a big enough percentage to make us extra careful when we prepare pork – particularly ground pork according to this report – in our kitchens.

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MRSA Superbug Linked to Flesh-Eating Bacteria

As I mentioned earlier, my interest in the flesh-eating bacteria (remember that it’s a bacteria not a virus, okay?) was piqued by a news report that Michael Jackson caught the bacteria while he was undergoing surgery. Specifically, Michael was infected with the superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which can cause necrotizing fasciitis or the much-dreaded bacteria.

Here’s a Daily Mail news report from way back in 2005 about the link between MRSA and necrotizing fasciitis:

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