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MRSA Survivors Want to Declare Epidemic

March 23, 2010
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Certain US survivors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus want their disease to be declared an epidemic, as reported in an article in UPI.com. And though they point to hospitals as the most likely venues of occurrence, sports medicine imaging physicians, among others, know differently.

Health officials have failed to recognize the importance, frequency and danger of MRSA and have not properly funded to prevent it, detect it and treat it, said Jeanine Thomas, the founder of MRSA Survivors Network. She said, according to the article, that “more Americans die annually from invasive MRSA infections than from HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, H1N1 flu, homicides, injuries at work and infant mortality.”

While the Veteran’s Administration hospital system has done extensive testing and treatment for the disease, Thomas said, “there is no reason why such an intervention is not mandated at all US health care facilities. More and more patients are dying of MRSA every day and many patients are left permanently disabled.”

MRSA is currently a fairly small but pernicious percentage of hospital staph infections. More prominent in community settings, contact sports and gyms, CA-MRSA, particularly the USA300 strain,  “has emerged as the most prominent clone … It was not observed before the year 2000, when multiple other clones existed,” a story from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics said.  

Infection Control Today released study information that USA300 and its predecessor USA 500 are much more harmful than other variations. They are more often seen in US hospitals and communities, as opposed to the MRSA strain reported in hospitals in the UK and in parts of Europe and as also opposed to a different strain of MRSA found in other European, South American and Asian hospitals.

Researchers are attempting to determine why USA 300 is more common, though, than USA 500, even though they are so similar in growth and outcome.

 Related seminar: Sports Medicine Imaging

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