Friday, October 19, 2007

MRSA Super Bug Health Alert Issued Yesterday

In Virginia earlier this week a super bug death (from the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics) closed all Bedford County schools. Also several students in a Chesterfield County high school came down with the MRSA skin infection. United States researchers are reporting a sharp jump in deaths from MRSA. Warning letters were sent home to parents in Weston, Conneticuit and Rome, New York as well.

Usually most people come down with MRSA in hospitals and healthcare facilities, but it is now making its way into the schools as well as other public places.

MRSA is usually contracted as a skin infection, looking like pimples and/or boils.

To prevent catching it:

- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep wounds, cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until completely healed.
- Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

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