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MRSA is found in about 5 percent of hospital patients, and accounts for almost two-thirds of skin infections in emergency rooms, up from just 2 percent 35 years ago, according to the Rockville, Maryland-based U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Scientists are studying how the bacteria spread away from hospitals, nursing homes and kidney dialysis centers.
“We were interested in answering where in the community, outside the health care system, could the average American pick this up,” said Marilyn Roberts, the study’s lead author, in a telephone interview. “We found MRSA in a lot more places than we thought we would.” - David Olmos for Bloomberg.com
SAN FRANCISCO — Dangerous staph bacteria have been found in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington, and scientists think the state is not the only one with this problem.
The germ is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — a hard-to-treat bug once rarely seen outside of hospitals but that increasingly is spreading in ordinary community settings such as schools, locker rooms and gyms.
The germ causes nasty skin infections as well as pneumonia and other life-threatening problems. It spreads mostly through human contact. Little is known about environmental sources that also may harbor the germ.
I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, think it’s because we all came from the sea… it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean. And therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came. - John F. Kennedy, 1962
Thanks for that star! We are our own best physicians.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
About 3 years ago, MRSA was the huge news story in the Seattle area. It was popping up all over the place and they even closed a couple of school gyms and buildings for decontamination. I have to wonder if the MRSA on the beaches up here could be an indication that the wastewater effluent we're sending back into the sound contains a high level of MRSA.