Dangerous MRSA bacteria expand into communities (Health)
The MRSA germ causes nasty skin infections as well as pneumonia and other life-threatening problems. It spreads mostly through human contact. Little is known about environmental sources that also may harbor the germ. 'Staph are incredibly cagey', and they will ultimately find their way around any antibiotic in use.
Watch who you shake hands with...
"super virus" MRSA in U.S.A. & Canada
Dangerous MRSA bacteria expand into communities
Morgellons disease (MRSA) 'worms-under-skin' disease
Peter Eisler, USA TODAY 7:45 p.m. EST December 16, 2013
A USA TODAY investigation shows MRSA bacteria, once confined to hospitals, are emerging in communities to strike an increasing number of children, as well as schools, prisons, even NFL locker rooms.
Eric Allen went to bed March 1, thinking he had a light flu. By the time he staggered into the hospital in London, Ky., the next day, he was coughing up bits of lung tissue. Within hours, organs failing, he was in a coma.
Tests showed that Allen, 39, had a ravaging pneumonia caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria once confined to hospitals and other health care facilities. Allen hadn't been near a doctor or a hospital.
Same with the next victim, a 54-year-old man, who came in days later and died within hours. And the victim after that, a 28-year-old woman, dead on arrival.
FINISH READING this at: USAtoday
The initial presentation of MRSA is small red bumps that resemble pimples, spider bites, or boils; they may be accompanied by fever and, occasionally, rashes. Within a few days, the bumps become larger and more painful; they eventually open into deep, pus-filled boils. About 75 percent of community-associated (CA-) MRSA infections are localized to skin and soft tissue and usually can be treated effectively. But some CA-MRSA strains display enhanced virulence, spreading more rapidly and causing illness much more severe than traditional healthcare-associated (HA-) MRSA infections, and they can affect vital organs and lead to widespread infection (sepsis), toxic shock syndrome, and necrotizing ("flesh-eating") pneumonia.
Some of the populations at risk:
People with weak immune systems (HIV/AIDS, lupus, or cancer sufferers; transplant recipients, severe asthmatics, etc.)
Intravenous drug users
Users of quinolone antibiotics
Young children
The elderly
College students living in dormitories
For woman with frequent UTI's or kidney infections due to infections in the bladder
People staying or working in a health care facility for an extended period of time
People who spend time in coastal waters where MRSA is present, such as some beaches in Florida and the west coast of the United States
People who spend time in confined spaces with other people, including occupants of homeless shelters and warming centers, prison inmates, military recruits in basic training, and individuals who spend considerable time in changerooms or gyms.
Veterinarians, livestock handlers, and pet owners
LEARN MORE about MRSA at: Wikipedia
05/2011: Scientists find MRSA germ in supermarket meats
MRSA, a bacteria resistant to common antibiotics, has been discovered in supermarket meats, and the germ is apparently being introduced by human food handlers, a new study reports. READ MORE: HERE
15 January 2008
Epidemic Feared - 'Gays' May Spread Deadly Staph Infection to General Population
Contact: Natalie Bell, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000, ext. 126
First spotted in 2001, it's since morphed "from laboratory curiosity into the dominant form of staph infection in much of the United States."
It attacks the body's organs "forcing doctors to amputate fingers, toes and limbs," and only responds to pricey, intravenous antibiotics. The worst news of all is how easily it's spreading:
"The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated last fall that drug-resistant staph was killing 19,000 Americans a year - more than are dying of AIDS."
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reuters has reported that, "A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex, researchers said on Monday.
"They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles."
"'Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable,' said Binh Diep, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who led the study."
According to the study, at this point, homosexual men are 13 times more likely to contract the potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of staph infection, but the fear is that, because the infection is spread via skin-to-skin contact, homosexual men may soon spread it to the general population.
Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "The medical community has known for years that homosexual conduct, especially among males, creates a breeding ground for often deadly disease. In recent years we have seen a profound resurgence in cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and many other STDs among those who call themselves 'gay.'
"The human body is quite callous in how it handles mistreatment and the perversion of its natural functions. When two men mimic the act of heterosexual intercourse with one another, they create an environment, a biological counterfeit, wherein disease can thrive. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences.
"In recent years our culture has adopted a laissez faire attitude toward sexual deviancy. Television shows like Will and Grace glorify the homosexual lifestyle while our children are taught in schools that homosexuality is a perfectly healthy, alternative sexual 'orientation.' 'Stay out of our bedrooms!' we're often commanded by militant 'gay' activists.
"Well, now the dangerous and possibly deadly consequence of what occurs in those bedrooms is spilling over into the general population. It's not only frightening, it's infuriating.
"Citizens, especially parents, need to stand up and say, 'No More! We will no longer sit idly by while politically correct cultural elites endanger our children and larger communities through propagandist promotion of this demonstrably deadly lifestyle.'
Read entire story: Christian News Wire
The staph infection, which usually causes skin infections that may look like pimples or boils, can lead to pneumonia, bloodstream infections or surgical wound infections.
One report said what is unusual is that up to 40 percent of the infections occur in the buttocks and genitalia.
"Data … suggest that multidrug-resistant USA300 has spread rapidly among men who have sex with men in San Francisco and Boston, and that having male-male sex seems to be a risk factor…," the report said.
The report also warned that because of the "patterns of increased sexual risk behaviors" among homosexuals, largely because of a carelessness that has resulted from "the availability of potent antiretroviral therapy" to treat HIV, there also has been an accompanying resurgence in early syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and new HIV infections among the homosexual populations studied.
The best way to avoid infection is by washing the hands or genitals with soap and water. Don't use shared towels in sports environments, etc.
“Like sand running through our fingers,” is how the doctors at Williamsport Community Hospital described 21 year old Ricky Lannetti's rapid decline from flu-like symptoms to massive organ failure and death over the course of 12 hours. Read: here
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