Scientists who reviewed 13 cases of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) following refractive eye surgery say the risk is very real, and increasing. In nine of the cases, the patient worked at a hospital or medical centre, so it's likely the risk is even higher among healthcare groups.
In the 13 cases, the infection was treated with antibiotics, although it's not known if the treatment was successful. MRSA can be a deadly infection, and one that killed more than 2,000 people in 2005 in the UK alone.
(Source: American Journal of Ophthalmology, 2007; 143: 629-34).
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