bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Not just any old honey dressing

MRSA which is reported to be responsible for an estimated 5,000 hospital deaths in the UK each year and adds £1 billion to the NHS budget, is being targeted by manuka honey dressings in a programme that started this week. But there is a warning from a medic:
“It could be disastrous if people treated wounds with ordinary honey, because it has not been sterilised or standardised,” warns Dr Cooper. “Clostridia bacteria, present in some honeys, can cause gangrene.”
First time I've heard that one.



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