Posted by: msmc4 | March 30, 2010

MRSA

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium highly resistant to antibiotics such a methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. Symptoms of MRSA include pus filled boils, sepsis, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and death. MRSA infections most commonly occur within hospitals and healthcare centers because of the weakened state of immune systems. However, it is possible to contract MRSA in the community.

An article in next month’s issue of the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases states that Community-acquired, drug-resistant MRSA is becoming common among children in intensive care units. As a result, the CDC has recommended that patients should be examined prior to being admitted followed by a weekly routine screening. By doing so, hospital administrators hope to prevent the spread of MRSA to other patients.

Unfortunately, hospitals are not the only places seeing an increase in the number of MRSA patients. Recently, there have been several reports of MRSA being found in public setting such as schools and daycare centers. As a response to increasing concerns of MRSA, the CDC released the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of MRSA:

  • Avoid direct contact with another person’s infection.
  • Do not share personal items, such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin.
  • Do not touch used bandages.
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered.
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Clean hands regularly
  • Know the signs of MRSA and get treated early.
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Responses

  1. Wow, that sounds a little scary! Thanks posting the CDC’s guidelines.

  2. MRSA is such a big problem in nursing homes and among the immunocompromised. I have had several patients die from MRSA infections, and I have even seen a healthy adult get the infection. It’s scary!

  3. I read that other things can treat MRSA including Tea Tree Oil (in high concentrations) and another flower based solution. These are natural non-drug remedies.

  4. i wonder how even a bacterial infection causes death . Cleanliness is essential factor to keep a healthy environment, The post really creates an awareness.


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