Are You Concerned About MRSA
Are You Concerned About The MRSA Outbreaks In Your Area?
The increase incidences of Methicillin resistant Staph aureus
(MRSA) infections have been poorly reported nationwide. These outbreaks that
aren't getting all the media attention they deserve are called Community Acquired MRSA Infections.
This is because they are acquired in the community at large or out side
of hospital facilities. But they are only the tip of the iceberg. The
latest estimates indicate that over 1000 cases of Hospital Acquired MRSA
are reported every week. Many of these people are dying from their infections
because as the term MRSA imply's the staph infection is resistant to Methicillin,
which is currently one of our best antibiotic medicines for staph infections.
It is important to understand that there are two types of MRSA
infections: Hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) and Community acquired MRSA
(CA-MRSA). A clue to the meaning of these terms in included in the phrases
themselves. Hospital-acquired MRSA is an infection picked up by a patient
who is admitted to the hospital for an unrelated problem and subsequently
becomes infected by methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus from a hospital
source secondary to their initial health care issue. To date, most of the
concern has been related to hospital acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) or nosocomial
infection. Community-acquired MRSA infections develop from exposure to a
carrier or contaminated surfaces in the greater community (outside the hospital).
The rise in the number of outpatient procedures may possibly contribute to
MRSA in the community and frankly, some people are silent MRSA carriers.
Community-acquired MRSA can be transmitted in any location where people
gather. The news reports include MRSA outbreaks in schools and colleges,
particularly athletic programs. But be assured, sports centers, health clubs
and gyms are not excluded from this threat. Across the country, schools
have rightly closed in an attempt to stop the spread of community acquired
MRSA. Other places that may cause concern for Community acquired MRSA are
daycare facilities, among the prison population, ambulatory care centers
and nursing homes.
The links below will take you to OdorXit pages that address
the various concerns directly.
Last updated August, 2011