Bedbugs May Carry MRSA

by Christopher Paul on May 19, 2011

Well, we’re boned.

Bedbugs, which were thought to be a nuisance and not a transmitter of disease have been found to carry MSRA – the drug resistant form of Staphylococcus which can kill. They also found VRE, a drug resistant form of Enterococcus faecium, which is thought to cause neonatal meningitis. Of the five bugs studied, three had MSRA and the other two had VRE.

Scientists don’t know if people gave the bedbugs MSRA or the other way around. They also don’t know if the super-bacteria were on them or in them. There’s a big difference.

Either way, it’s bad news: if bedbugs are capable of carrying and transmitting MRSA the way a mosquito spreads malaria, it could mean a whole new vector of human disease.

Bedbugs have been on the rise everywhere and New York City is crawling with them. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.) This is just nature’s way of saying we lose.

Study: Bedbugs May Carry MRSA; Germ Transmission Unclear – TIME via The Awl

Anonymous June 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

This is so creepy… Bed bugs are annoying already just by their bites… and now their bites are found out to be harmful? is it proven already that bed bugs carry MSRA which can kill as well as VRE which causes neonatal meningitis? Thanks in Advance! – Dina

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