Category: MRSA In The News

MRSA In The News – Even Bedbugs have MRSA

The most recent news regarding MRSA is that it is now being found in bedbugs. Scientists in Vancouver are now looking at the relationship between there being so many outbreaks of severe bacterial infections and having a lot of bed bug infestations. Could they be connected? It is causing some concern for the urban areas in the U.S where there has been a rise in bedbugs.[1]

Doctors are examining the relationship between the number of infections and the number of bedbug outbreaks. After scientists examined five of the Canadian bedbugs, they have found that three of them are carrying around MRSA and the other two are carrying around vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) [2], another commonly encountered multidrug-resistant bacteria. 

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MRSA In The News – Superbug Now Found In Grocery Meat

In our previous posts about MRSA we have discussed the different ways this type of bacteria can be transmitted specifically through contact with an infected or colonized person. We have spent a lot of time talking about the high risks of getting infected in a hospital setting, but what about the risk of transmission from eating contaminated food?

In a recent alarming study, researchers have found MRSA bacteria in raw turkey, chicken and beef. This was first noticed in Detroit grocery stores. Experts say that they have always known that raw meat does in fact carry around bacteria and bugs like E. Coli. The recent findings of MRSA in raw meat should only reinforce the message that you need to wash your hands when handling meat and cook it thoroughly before eating.[1]

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The Rise of Superbugs- MRSA In The News

Welcome to a world where drugs don’t work – MSNBC March 31st, 2011

When Alexander Fleming discovered in 1928 the first antibiotic, penicillin, we believed that we had the tools necessary to beat bacteria. We understood that bacteria could develop resistance to antibiotics, but were quick to assume that scientists were always one step ahead of the game. Today, this is no longer the case. As this MSNBC article points out, antibiotic resistant superbugs have become a global problem, and we may be heading towards a pre-antibiotic era of medication where we will be unable to treat simple infections.

How did we get to this point? For many years now, we have been living in an era of antibiotic dependence. Considered “wonder drugs,” antibiotics are too often prescribed inappropriately by doctors, or are being used far more widely than for the treatment of sick patients. According to the US FDA, 29 million pounds of antibiotics are given to food-producing animals every year, accounting for ~ 80% of all antibiotics sold in the US. The more that people are exposed to these antibiotics, the higher the likelihood of them developing resistance and rendering these medications ineffective. Read More

High MRSA Rates Common in Dental Schools

A recent Seattle study published in the  American Journal of Infection and Control found very high rates of MRSA colonization among dental students at the University of Washington.  This is cause for concern as we are now only beginning to understand the extent of the MRSA problem outside of the hospital setting. Of the 61 dental students tested, one in five were positive for carrying this superbug within their nose. In addition, samples testing for evidence of MRSA on equipment surfaces, dental chairs, and floors proved that four out of seven dental clinics at the University carried this superbug.

Although the CDC is urging that this study not be taken as a representation of typical rates in dental and hospital settings, the true prevalence of MRSA in our communities is not fully known. Another recent study conducted with dental school students in buffalo, N.Y. presented an even greater rate of infection of infection with 31% of 84 people testing positive for the superbug.

Clearly, the rates of community-acquired MRSA colonization are on the rise.  MRSA is found on the skin or most commonly in the nose and those who are colonized may not not even know it as they often do not show signs and symptoms of infection. These studies are therefore one step towards helping us understand the true extent of the MRSA problem. Further study into this topic is needed in order to present a more accurate picture of community-acquired rates of MRSA.

Mother Banned from McDonalds After Exposing MRSA and its Hazardous State

We remain committed to working with an internal team on ensuring that our PlayPlaces are clean and safe for all customers – McDonalds Spokesperson, Oct 2011

Erin Carr-Jordon, a mother of four who is a college professor with a doctorate in developmental psychology, has been banned from eight McDonald’s in and surrounding the Pheonix area on the grounds of drawing attention to the hazardous and unsanitary state of their PlayPlace areas for children.  Carr-Jordon took notice of a particular McDonald’s PlayPlace when she was with her children and became appalled at the state of the unsanitary designated areas where they are encouraged to play.  The 36 year-old mother went on to take samples by swabbing slides and sent them to a private lab.  The results concluded that the PlayPlace environment tested positive for hazardous pathogens found in fecal matter and mucus.  The area tested positive with the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA, which is known to cause life-threatening infections, especially in children.

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