Mangaluru, June 13, 2015: Eminent physician Dr Srinivas Kakkillaya who has reacted to rumours of some people in Mangaluru contracting MERS has clarified that no cases of MERS have been reported in Mangaluru. No one has been tested so far nor has any sample been collected, he said.
This is what Dr Kakkillaya’s Facebook Post said : “According to the District Surveillance Officer, a patient has been diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bacteria infection. Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacteria that causes hair follicle infections and abscesses. In recent years, some strains of the bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotic Methicillin, but such strains can be treated with other antibiotics. MRSA is neither rare in Mangaluru nor contagious like MERS.
Media persons are jumping up and reporting the rumours as facts and some of them do not even have the patience to know the facts. One reporter disconnected the call when I asked her about the date and lab where MERS has been identified. I had to call her again and explain the facts.”