Melbourne, June 14 (ANI): A teen prodigy from Melbourne has created a buzz after offering further proof that honey from Australia and New Zealand helps kill the deadly MRSA superbug.
Thousands die each year after exposure to the drug-resistant bacteria – with cases on both sides of the Tasman said to be on the rise.
Melbourne high school student, Zaynab Sheriffdeen, 14, has offered new hope for a cure, with research proving that manuka honey destroys MRSA, the Courier Mail reported.
Through a series of tests at Victoria’s Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory, Zaynab found that manuka honey mixed with a penicillin antibiotic stops MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) dead in its tracks.
Manuka honey is made by bees feeding on the manuka tree, which grows across New Zealand and parts of Australia, and it’s said to be effective treating MRSA because it stops the bacteria attaching itself to tissue.
Sheriffdeen’s research has earned him a place among 90 finalists in Google’s prestige annual Science Fair event, with the winner to be announced in California on June 27. (ANI)