Let’s Talk about MRSA
Let’s Talk about MRSA
It was not too terribly long ago we only heard about MRSA or it’s medically scarier name methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus getting picked up in hospitals. All kidding aside, this is a deadly superbug that spreads easily.
However recently this bacteria is starting to show up in our daily settings much more frequently. Most of the time this one hitchhikes its way into our homes via our kids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said “People can become infected with MRSA if the bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin. Indeed, when people get MRSA outside of health care settings, the infections most often show up as skin infections and symptoms include redness, swelling, pain and pus, and oftentimes, fever.” They also mentioned that it is commonly spread by using personal items from an infected person.
This isn’t the bad news yet. Estimates range from 10,000 to 11,000 people die from MRSA each year.
A study was done by Dr. Stephanie Fritz, an associate professor in the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis found a big surprise when they did a study on 150 families in the St Louis area that had brought someone into the hospital with MRSA. This surprise was the length of time the bacteria survived on surfaces. “In one household when we went the very first time, we were told the video game controller hadn’t been touched in six months so we wouldn’t need to swab that,” Fritz said. “We swabbed it anyway and recovered MRSA.”
What can we do about this? For starters, we can wash our hands more frequently, especially when we have been out and about touching things.
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Lastly, don’t share toothbrushes, beds, towels, or razors with other people.