Daloni Carlisle (News) and Jo Stephenson (Media Watch) reporting in today's HSJ compound the frequently reported myth that the actress Lesley Ash contractedMRSA. She did not. The infection Ms Ash had was caused by a standard, non-meticillin resistant strain of Staph aureus.

Some journalists have taken to calling this MSSA (Meticillin Sensitive Staph Aureus) which unfortunately sounds much punchier in publication than common or garden Staph aureus.

Phil Shread

Phil Shread

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