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Health & wellness

Is staph infection a ‘time capsule’ from 1934?

Doctors from the University of Massachusetts Medical School say they have discovered a 78-year-old strain of staph bacteria in the leg of a patient who was first treated for the infection in 1934.

Doctors Dan Libraty and Chinmay Patkar, along with Brenda Torres of UMass Memorial Healthcare, wrote in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine that they believe the staphylococcus aureus bacteria that led to a fracture in the woman’s femur in 2009 was not a new infection but a reactivation of the one she experienced as a child.

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