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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 09:30 AM
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reply to post by CheeseCurd
 


I am so sorry you and the others who have posted their stories have had to go through this. Your story sounds very familiar....(((hugs)))

Yes nursing homes and hospitals are the #1 place to catch these buggers...Its unfortunate truly.......I don't work in the hospital any more since May...And I will not go back. My health and the health of my children are more important. Of course I no longer have a choice. Being diagnosed with MS has made me rethink my entire life and my best course of action is to just stay as far away from them as I can.

The scary thing is, if you truly need a hospital the benefits must outweigh the risks!!!
I will say this again....HAND WASHING!!!!!! If you are a patient and your doctor, nurse or assistant does not wash or wear gloves and wash, TELL THEM TOO!!!!! If you are on contact isolation, ask them to wear the gloves and robe!! Dont let anyone touch you without them!

Being your own advocate is very important!!!!!




posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 09:40 AM
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This is what MRSA looks like.




Sorry it is gross and graphic. It starts out looking like a bug bite or a small bump and very rapidly becomes someting much more sinister.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 09:43 AM
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That is some scary #. I can't think of anything worse then having your own flesh decompose in front of your eyes. That is the stuff of nightmares.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 10:58 AM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by soficrow
 



MRSA is not the flesh eating disease that makes so many headlines. It is dangerous for sure....but it lives on your skin.

The real threat, and flesh eater, is strep. Yup, that same infection that gives you a sore throat. That is where the risk is. MRSA is typically a threat to someone with a decreased immune system. Strep, however, is what has been in the headlines.



What are you talking about? MRSA ( Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ) has been making head lines left and right....


Click here if you disagree...

MRSA is NOT typically just a threat to people with a weakened immune system. It can attack anyone and does.... I'm sorry, but you are a bit mis-informed about MRSA....


MRSA infections can occur in any geographic location and anywhere on a person’s body and can affect anyone

www.health.ri.gov...

Yep it is common, but to suggest it is not a "real threat"? That is ignorant to say the least.... It is more than just dangerous, it has a habit of being LETHAL... Healthy or not! Yep, it lives on your skin and often times, if you do a swab can be found in your nose.... This doesn't mean it isn't a VERY lethal and usually unstoppable threat, my friend. It is..... Very lethal and pretty unstoppable.

Just saying it lives on your skin, is not a valid reason to consider it not all that much of a threat.... Strep lives on the skin too...



Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A streptococci in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness.


www.phagetherapycenter.com...

MRSA is every bit as dangerous, if not more, than Strep, and has been in the news, left and right....

You are slightly misinformed, friend.
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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:04 AM
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Thanks for sharing that. I worked in a hospital down south and there were rampant cases of it....so much so, that when somebody was admitted, the nurses would come up and throw away pens the person touched ( I worked in admitting.) These people were quarantined.

While I believe that anybody could catch this, even healthy folks, it seemed to me that there was a huge propensity towards this infection in people that had rip roaring meth addictions.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:12 AM
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Its not flesh eating disease. i have mrsa. Im alive. Ive had abscesses from it the size of a baseball (in width).
have one on my ear at the moment.

Doctors told me they cant get rid of it. i just drain my own abscesses. Dont get them often. also have a very strong antibiotic ointment. A local clinic tried to double charge me. i hate the medical profession. F em all.

Come on and stop the propoganda bull#. but it i got it from an ex who uses antibiotics every time she has a cold.

Last doctor i went to for it, who infact told me not to bother going unless i need an abscess drained, told me i cant die from it unless my immune system is already compromised. He said that only the very old, very young, very sick can die from it.
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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:15 AM
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Originally posted by phroziac


Come on and stop the propoganda. but it i got it from an ex who uses antibiotics every time she has a cold.


Got any proof to back that one up?



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:17 AM
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off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


 



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:17 AM
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MRSA or CDiff are the least of my worries in a hospital or out in public.

reply to post by Starwise
 



MRSA is easy to test and cure in carriers. …..I too work as an RN …I too am far more concerned about hepatitis ABC and HIV than MRSA.


MRSA is one of the many previously "harmless" bugs that has evolved into a "SuperBug" over the past decade or so. The worst strain is community-acquired - CA-MRSA. The clone most commonly associated with necrotizing fasciitis is USA300 CA-MRSA - and it has spread round the world. The fact that MRSA now has spread to animal populations too (as reported in the OP) makes it a zoonotic disease - and a whole new nightmare. As 'medical professionals' you should know this.

I am absolutely horrified that your hospitals do not educate staff - your lack of awareness regarding MRSA and Super Bugs is dangerous to yourselves, your families, patients, community and the world. Your hospitals' negligence is one of the reasons Super Bugs evolve to become epidemic and pandemic. Please, PLEASE take responsibility and educate yourselves.


2011: CDC

Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacterial pathogen isolated from human infections (1). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates are strains constitutively resistant to β-lactam antimicrobial drugs. MRSA was initially largely confined to patients with health care exposures (2), but in the late 1990s, genetically distinct strains emerged and spread rapidly among healthy persons in the United States. These new strains, known as community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), differ epidemiologically and genetically from older strains (2,3). CA-MRSA strains have become the most common cause of skin infections in US emergency departments (4).


2008: The reported number of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections is increasing rapidly. CA-MRSA is increasingly isolated from patients who lack traditional risk factors for colonization or infection. CA-MRSA often contains the virulence factor Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL), which causes skin and soft tissue infections.

CA-MRSA is associated with invasive infections, including necrotizing fasciitis (3), sepsis (4), and pneumonia (5). The USA300 strain, which is also found in Europe (6), was first isolated in the Netherlands in 2002.


2009: Managing CA-MRSA Infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) must be recognized now as one of the most common causes of infections acquired in the community. The majority of these infections involve the skin and soft tissue structures and confer significant morbidity on those affected. In addition, serious invasive and often fatal episodes of necrotizing pneumonia, necrotizing fasciitis, endocarditis, and sepsis are being reported with increased frequency.


Emerging zoonoses

…Emerging zoonotic diseases have potentially serious human health and economic impacts and their current upwards trends are likely to continue. ….Many factors lead to the emergence of zoonotic diseases. Environmental changes, human and animal demography, pathogen changes and changes in farming practice are a few of them. …


Take care, sofi



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:41 AM
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What's also worrisome is the continuing growth of the MRSA infection rate. MRSA is a "superbug" that has mutated to be resistant to almost all types of treatment. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), MRSA infections accounted for just 2% of the total number of staph infections in 1974; the percentage had grown to 22% by 1995, and in 2004 the percentage of MRSA infections was 63%




MRSA deaths are on the rise in the United States and around the world. A study published in mid-October in JAMA, the American Medical Association's journal, reported that there were an estimated 18,650 MRSA deaths in the U.S. in 2005. The MRSA death rate in the U.S. is now higher than the AIDS death rate.





The JAMA study noted that nearly 95,000 people contracted serious MRSA infections in the U.S. in 2005. The 18,650 MRSA deaths that year would account for almost 20% of that number.



More here



Most MRSA infections are allegedly treatable with vancomycin, a powerful intravenous drug, but the new USA600 strain has proven itself to be nearly impervious to the drug. Now for MRSA patients the mortality rate is 20 – 50%.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:43 AM
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Originally posted by phroziac

Lmao, where am i going to get proof? i know i got it from her.....its not like she has a websitr. Infact im doing my best to never talk to her again because shes a bitch.


You know what? Why don't you take your comments to the relationship board on ATS, as you have ZERO proof that you got it from her. In fact, you might very well be subject to libel for your statement alone!

Perhaps you need to do a bit of research before spouting.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by VAPatriot


Most MRSA infections are allegedly treatable with vancomycin, a powerful intravenous drug, but the new USA600 strain has proven itself to be nearly impervious to the drug. Now for MRSA patients the mortality rate is 20 – 50%.


Those are horrifying statistics, and it makes you wonder how many deaths from MRSA are covered up as being listed as another cause.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 11:55 AM
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Originally posted by Sissel

Originally posted by VAPatriot


Most MRSA infections are allegedly treatable with vancomycin, a powerful intravenous drug, but the new USA600 strain has proven itself to be nearly impervious to the drug. Now for MRSA patients the mortality rate is 20 – 50%.


Those are horrifying statistics, and it makes you wonder how many deaths from MRSA are covered up as being listed as another cause.


I would say "zero".

MRSA is a pretty noticable infection. It smells like a rotting carcass and drains bloody pus. It is a pretty obvious cause of death.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:00 PM
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Originally posted by phroziac
Its not flesh eating disease. i have mrsa. Im alive. Ive had abscesses from it the size of a baseball (in width).
have one on my ear at the moment.

Doctors told me they cant get rid of it. i just drain my own abscesses. Dont get them often. also have a very strong antibiotic ointment. A local clinic tried to double charge me. i hate the medical profession. F em all.

Come on and stop the propoganda bull#. but it i got it from an ex who uses antibiotics every time she has a cold.

Last doctor i went to for it, who infact told me not to bother going unless i need an abscess drained, told me i cant die from it unless my immune system is already compromised. He said that only the very old, very young, very sick can die from it.
edit on 23-10-2012 by phroziac because: (no reason given)



You have what most people have: periodic skin infections.

MRSA is a staph infection. Staph lives on your skin. You may have picked it up from your girl friend, or a door knob.

Think about this: when you wash your underwear, the average person still has about 1 gram of stool in the fabric of their drawers. Now think about all the public seating you have used. and how many people had draining MRSA boils that used that seating? You know......park benches, busses, taxi's, waiting rooms in hospitals.....

does anyone expect their blue jeans are a barrier against disease? MRSA easily colonizes, as staph is a common flora on the human skin.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:00 PM
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Originally posted by Sissel

Originally posted by phroziac

Lmao, where am i going to get proof? i know i got it from her.....its not like she has a websitr. Infact im doing my best to never talk to her again because shes a bitch.


You know what? Why don't you take your comments to the relationship board on ATS, as you have ZERO proof that you got it from her. In fact, you might very well be subject to libel for your statement alone!

Perhaps you need to do a bit of research before spouting.


This, my friends, is someone who doesn't understand what "libel" means.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:04 PM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan


I would say "zero".

MRSA is a pretty noticable infection. It smells like a rotting carcass and drains bloody pus. It is a pretty obvious cause of death.


Yes, I agree. But the point of my post was, since this seems prevalent, and the masses don't know, how many hospitals where the infection is prevalent, cover it up?

When I was pregnant, I was scheduled to deliver at a hospital that was shut down before I delivered because numerous new born babies contracted it right after birth and died.

Smells of a cover up to me, and I bet many deaths are attributed to some other cause because hospitals would be shut down.



posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:20 PM
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I don't get what all the hype is about on this thing.

My father in law has it my wife has it...

It start's off like a boil..just pop it and suck all the crap out of it and take some antibiotics lol

It's nto a BIG of a deal as yall think lol

Not to mention i live with my wife for 11+ years share bodily fluids and have 3 kids we dont got it lol

ITS ALL HYPE!!!!!


BTW my wife got it after our 3rd kid she had a C section and got it from the hospital before she left...
So dont leave hospitals out as prob the main agent in it spreading lol
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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:21 PM
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Originally posted by Muckster
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Sorry, i'm no expert, but i thought that the "flesh eating bug" and "MRSA" were two different things.

Flesh eating bug

MRSA



Its not, Ive had MRSA two different times...........both times I had to have it surgically removed.......

Which while painful, and hugely inconvenient.......didnt turn me into a zombie or eat anything besides my pocketbook!

MRSA IS dangerous if the infaction gets into your bloodstream, say perhaps a boil or pustule were to burst and enter into your system........can lead to sepsis.....

This is the reason its important to be careful with it........

Other then that its just removal and antibiotics
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posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:25 PM
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Just throwing this out there regarding only the young and ill risk's of death:




"Unlike traditional MRSA the community strain is very fit - it causes infection in healthy people," said CDC epidemiologist Dr. Monina Klevens. "When it is introduced into a hospital, where ill patients are more vulnerable to infection, it has the potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality."

Due to community MRSA's ability to infect the young and healthy, traditional risk factors for identifying hospital-associated MRSA colonization, such as dialysis and prior hospitalization, are not effective predictors of whether a person is carrying the community strain.


Source
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