Switzerland - An Anglo-Saxon potion 'for curing ye poxe' has been found to kill 99% of the antibiotic-resistant flesh-eating Necrotizing fasciitis virus scientists said today.
Discovered in a 9th century almanack of remedies called Baldy's Leechbook of Bloodsucker Healing the concoction consists of crushed garlic, onion, wine and cow's bile.
Applied as a poultice to rotting flesh it quickly reverses the virus's advance and can also be used successfully against fungal nail disease.
Make-up of the thousand year-old recipe specifies equal amounts of garlic and another allium such as onion or leek chopped finely and crushed in a mortar for ten minutes.
A 25ml (0.87 fl oz) glug of Best English country wine 'from a historic vineyard near Glastonbury' is then added to the mixture along with half a cup of bovine gall.
The pharmacist then aligns him/herself to face due east while chanting the eternal poultice mantra as defined by William Shakespeare:
'Eye of newt, camel toe of frog, nipple of bat and hair of dog, Adder's anus and blind-worm's twat, Lizard's lips and howlet's scat.'
A 10ml jar sells for $25,000.