Michael Jackson has superbug
- Bang Showbiz
- 12 February 2009
Singer Michael Jackson is being treated for a flesh-eating superbug which could leave him needing more reconstructive facial surgery
Michael Jackson has a potentially "flesh-eating" superbug.
The 50-year-old singer reportedly contracted the skin infection - which is resistant to conventional antibiotics - while having surgery to reconstruct his nose.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "The infection has spread throughout his face and body and is being aggressively treated by doctors.
"There's a chance it could turn into a flesh-eating disorder where it begins to kill off his skin, so he's being very carefully monitored."
Michael is receiving treatment for the MRSA-like bug via an intravenous drip, and was pictured leaving a clinic with inflamed and blotchy skin partly concealed beneath a surgical mask.
Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn said: "It is possible that Mr. Jackson has a staph infection or MRSA.
"In some worse cases surgeons will have to remove the infected tissue if it dies - leaving the patient needing major reconstructive surgery. It is particularly worrying if it's on the face."
In December, author and celebrity commentator Ian Halperin claimed Michael had a potentially fatal lung disease.
However, the singer's spokesman dismissed the claims.
He said: "Mr. Jackson is in fine health and finalising negotiations with a major entertainment company and television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances."