17 Apr 2012

Samoa health officials play down risk of MRSA bacteria

10:37 am on 17 April 2012

Samoa's health service says there is no need for people to panic over The bacteria Methicilin Resistant Stapihylocccus Aureus

Two children died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital last month, having tested positive to the MRSA bacteria, but the cause of death has not been confirmed.

The National Health Services, Chief Executive Officer, Leota Laki Sio tells Talamua online, there is no reason for the community to panic.

He says the panic came be blamed on several Government officials who have been circulating emails regarding MRSA as a "deadly virus."

Leota Laki Sio says warnings have already been circulated in the community.

Dr. Francis Maru, the head of the peadiatric ward says MRSA does not respond to the antibiotics currently available in the country.