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173 secret outbreaks of superbug MRSA in UK hospitals


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Genomic sleuthing found undetected outbreaks in the east of England over just one year.

Whole genome of a bacterium can now be worked out in a day for around £120.

Patients move around wards very quickly so links may be missed.

MRSA spreads outside of hospitals - in people's homes and care homes.

The study was published in Science Translational Medicine.

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Science Translational Medicine

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Sharon Peacock

Professor of Clinical Microbiology at University of Cambridge.

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Center for genomic discovery.

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