Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections, poses a serious problem in hospitals, where patients with open wounds, invasive devices and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection than the general public. In a move that could significantly reduce this risk, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates MRSA.
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This atypical bacterium commonly causes pharyngitis, bronchitis and atypical pneumonia mainly in elderly and debilitated patients but in healthy adults also. In addition to pneumonia, C. pneumoniae less commonly causes several other illnesses. Among these are meningoencephalitis (infection and inflammation of the brain and meninges), arthritis, sinusitis, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), and Guillain-Barré syndrome (inflammation of the nerves). It has also been associated with dozens of other conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, prostatitis, and chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection is a risk factor for the development of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
There are no ways to prevent infection other than good hygiene.