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Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose: Study

Potentially harmful staph bacteria can lurk deep inside the nose, a small new study finds.

Researchers tested 12 healthy people and found that formerly overlooked sites deep within the nose may be reservoirs for Staphylococcus aureus, which is a major cause of disease. Nearly half of S. aureus strains are antibiotic-resistant.

It's been known that S. aureus can reside on the skin and at sites lower down in the nose. Although there are ways to eliminate the bacteria, it typically returns in weeks or months.

This new finding that the bacteria can be present further inside the nose may explain why this happens, the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers said.
 
 

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