Schools and gyms will be warned for the first time over deadly flesh-eating bugs which initially have flu-like symptoms. Detailed official guidelines will spell out the threat posed by community-acquired MRSA and its sister bug MSSA. The official guidance, issued by the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency, will apply to strains of the bacteria which produce a poison called Panton-Valentine leukocidin, or PVL. MRSA is a form of the common Staphylococcus bacteria which cannot be treated with the frontline antibiotic methicillin. MSSA is so called because it is sensitive to the drug, making it easier to treat. Cuts, grazes and conditions such as eczema and athlete's foot allow the bugs to get under the skin, where they can cause painful boils as big as four inches (10cm) across. Once in the bloodstream, they can trigger blood poisoning and flu-like symptoms, before travelling to the lungs, causing potentially fatal pneumonia. Much more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...gyms-high-alert-deadly-flesh-eating-bugs.html How appalling! people in Britain must be very frightened indeed!