Michael Jackson has contracted an MRSA-type skin infection during plastic surgery to reconstruct his nose, it has emerged.
The 50-year-old singer is allegedly receiving medical treatment at a top Beverly Hills clinic to try and beat the superbug, which is said to have spread throughout his body.
The claim is the latest health scare surrounding Jackson, who denied reports in December that he was suffering from a potentially fatal lung disease.
Witnesses said the skin on his hands and face appeared 'visibly inflamed' with red and purple blotches and he was said to have a badly swollen cheek.
According to The Sun, experts warned the severe 'staph' infection could develop into a flesh-eating disorder that could eat away at Jackson's skin and leave him in need of major surgery.