posted on Oct, 25 2008 @ 09:18 PM
In case you are unfamiliar with what MRSA:
MRSA is a resistant variation of the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. It has evolved an ability to survive treatment with beta-lactamase
resistant beta-lactam antibiotics, including methicillin, dicloxacillin, nafcillin, and oxacillin. MRSA is especially troublesome in
hospital-associated (nosocomial) infections. In hospitals, patients with open wounds, invasive devices, and weakened immune systems are at greater
risk for infection than the general public. Hospital staff who do not follow proper sanitary procedures may transfer bacteria from patient to patient.
Visitors to patients with MRSA infections or MRSA colonization are advised to follow hospital isolation protocol by using the provided gloves, gowns,
and masks if indicated. Visitors who do not follow such protocols are capable of spreading the bacteria to cafeterias, bathrooms, and
It has been brought to my attention that since late July thru present in at least one Arizona Hospital hundreds of patients have come into the ER with
what they thought were common spider bites which had become infected.
At some point the staff began to do cultures and discovered MRSA in at least 18 out of 20 patients. They soon developed a system where they would not
only treat the patient, but set up a recheck of the infection which has been very successful so far in tracking the patients with the infections.
What they have observed has crossed all boundaries of age and socioeconomic barriers. Young children are typically coming in with sores and blisters
next to the mouth, nose and eyes and even deep within the nasal cavities. Many children and adults have suffered with boils in and around their anus,
buttock and thighs.
Although many of the symptoms seem to mimic a typical spider bite, without proper and timely treatment the infections can easily become systemic and
cause greater and extremely dangerous infections which can eventually lead to death in immune compromised, elderly and the very young.
At one point MRSA was most commonly found in convalescent homes and hospitals, yet it has now spread within communities and public areas as well.
I realize that many here are ultra aware of the importance of good hygiene especially in public places, yet I just wanted to give you this reminder as
it could quickly become pandemic if left unchecked.
I urge you to sit down once again with your children and teens and talk to them about never touching their hands to any orifice especially in public.