MRSA Outbreak in Schools

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Uh-oh… All 21 school buildings in Bedford County, VA have been closed down and are being sanitized after a 17 year old student died from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a form of a common bacteria that has evolved resistance to all “first-line” antibiotics. Previously restricted to hospitals and clinics, MRSA is increasingly turning up in small outbreaks outside of healthcare settings, such as in prisons and/or schools, amongst athletes, etc. This a pretty scary prospect… According to the CDC, MRSA infections killed nearly 19,000 Americans in 2005, 50% more than were killed by AIDS during the same time period.

[Source: FOX News]

Published on October 17th, 2007 - One Comment
Filed under: Health
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  1. And, unfortunately, once you get it, it tends to hang out in your body. Our daughter got it during a hospitalization, and we didn’t get it managed until 6+ months later. Still not sure if she’s colonized by it. Nasty stuff.

    Comment by Rob at Kintropy — Oct 19th 2007 @ 1:06 am

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