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Drug-resistant Staph Infection Appears More Widespread Than Previously Thought

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on October 17, 2007

Science Daily—Infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears to be more prevalent than previously believed, affecting certain populations disproportionately and is being found more often outside of health care settings, according to a study in the October 17 issue of JAMA.
MRSA has become the most frequent cause of skin and soft tissue infections among patients presenting to emergency departments in the United States, and can also cause severe, sometimes fatal invasive disease, according to background information in the article. “As the epidemiology of MRSA disease changes, including both community- and health care–associated disease, accurate information on the scope and magnitude of the burden of MRSA disease in the U.S. population is needed to set priorities for prevention and control,” the authors write.

I didnt realize how bad this was getting-my wife just told me that a school in Virgina is closed because of the Staph infections..

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Microscope shot of the bacteria.

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What it looks like

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  1. Catty Ax Lady said, on October 17, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Nasty stuff.

  2. Elizabeth said, on October 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    This is some scary stuff. I hope people open their eyes and practice more sanitary habits to prevent the spread of this bacteria.

  3. Catty Ax Lady said, on October 18, 2007 at 3:10 am

    The only thing reassuring about this is that it can be treated with other medications, at least at this point. Hopefully the public is aware that any infection should not just be blown off, given the prevalence of this strain and how quickly it’s changing, and that second opinions are always warranted if any twinge doubt is felt.

    That being said, I completely agree with E that prevention is the best medicine.

  4. Patrick Truax said, on October 18, 2007 at 3:12 am

    I never knew anyone could die of a staph before..

  5. raven61775 said, on January 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    i have something that looks like this on my leg actually. doc’s told me it was a staff infection as well. they put me on antibiotics, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much. I apparently got it when I stayed at this nasty, filthy motel in Temple, TX. What ever you do, don’t go to the Budget Inn there. lol It could literally kill ya.


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