Sunday

MRSA- Sunday Roundtable

MRSA Case in Poughkeepsie, NY Area (10/28)
Dover student treated for staph infection; district schools cleaned

MRSA Staph Concerns Grows in New York 10/28
We need all hands on deck" to fight the antibiotic-resistant "superbug," NY Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday as he called for a nationwide system to track MRSA cases. MRSA was blamed for the death of 12-year-old Omar Rivera of Brooklyn earlier this month.

Newark school disinfected after case of MRSA 10/28
Cleaning crews scrubbed doors, tables and walls today at Newark's Roberto Clemente Elementary School after a security guard tested positive for the antibiotic-resistant infection known as MRSA.

Colorado High School Scrubbed After Staph Diagnosis
Montrose High School was scrubbed down over the weekend after a student was diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

Other:
  1. Knuckle
  2. Face & Ear
  3. Leg
  4. Elbow
  5. Leg, Arm, Back
  6. Shoulder
  7. Dog with MRSA

17 comments:

vi said...

Make sure your nanny knows what MRSA is because I notice in the playgrounds that the "bench" nannies share stuff betwixt children. And that may be all kind and generous and all, but we don't want to see an outbreak of MRSA among toddlers!

It is up to you to educate your nanny.

Anonymous said...

At present, people are saying to have your children wash their hands and not to do this or that, but this needs to be handled more like defensive driving. Your children shouldn't let other people use their things. Gloves, jackets, knit caps. I am very concerned for the NY public schools this winter unless we adapt a more steadfast approach to taking this on. Yes, your children should wash their hands-but who is going to make sure the child next to your child in class has washed his hands?

PS Where are the nanny sightings...
I feel like I am detoxing...

spooky said...

MRSA also can get into the bloodstream via cuts and after surgery, for example, and without the proper treatment, it can reach your heart, causing an almost instant death. Even if diagnosed, death is still very likely in such a scenario.

raj said...

At our school, we are to be on the lookout of ANYTHING that looks like an insect bite. And to have the child examined by the school nurse if we are concerned. The pictures and this information is great, but people want to catch MRSA before it becomes as bad as some of the pictures. It can appear to be just like a spider bite.

Anonymous said...

MRSA = Buzzkill

Deborah, Site Administrator said...

We just had a case of MRSA in a neighboring highschool. (We're in NJ) The Board of Education decided to disinfect our high school and elementary school as well. This is serious stuff and needs to be talked about with parents and nannies.

rpg said...

I am shocked by how few people have responded. I want to know what you all are doing about this? And what have your nannies been told?

I have seen your nannies chewing up your children's food, swapping jackets with another child at the park, sharing water bottles at the library and riding shotgun in a single stroller to save another nanny a hassle. Please talk to your nannies. I ask you this as a parent of a 2 and 3.5 year old who may be around your children!

Anonymous said...

I'm a board-certified infectious diseases physician. I think this has all been blown WAY out of proportion. Yes, there's MRSA out there. But there has been for OVER TWENTY YEARS. Get a grip! There are also effective drugs to treat this. Just insist that your physician do a 'culture and susceptiblity' test on ALL your skin/soft tissue infections.

There's NO use in wiping down schools or culturing random people. The bug is in the community and will be back. Just keep washing your hands (surveys show that most people don't wash hands long enough (or at all!).

And, as they say, 'in an emergency take your own pulse first.' Calm down.

Anonymous said...

People need to wash their hands, period! I had a roomate years ago who would never wash his hands even after taking a poop.

I always dogged him to wash his hands after using the restroom, but NO! he always refused and said that I was getting in his business. It was my business too because for strange reason, he loved to go straight into the refrigerator after using the bathroom. It was as though he was programmed to spread germs.

One morning he made a lovely breakfast for our other roomates, and all those who ate it got sick with diarrhea. I refused to eat it because I knew it was all poopy because he never washed his hands. Dirty idiot.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the diseases specialist. Don't stigmatize kids with a common staph infection - there are thousands -. If your doctor says your child can attend school as long as cuts and scrapes are covered with antibiotic ointment and bandages/bandaids they are less likely to infect other kids than all those other kids wandering around with runny noses, stomach bugs, pinworms. headlice and remember: most are caused by unwashed hands.

Anonymous said...

If you are truly a physician, then surely you know that this particular strain of bacteria, which surfaced about twenty years ago or so, has moved from hospitals and nursing homes to schools and other public places. My point is that it is becoming more and more prevalent among the general population and you are correct, wiping down schools isn't the answer. Also, while there are effective drugs to treat this, it is important to diagnose this early on, the sooner the better, and in those who are weak due to surgery or disease as well as the elderly or the very, very young, the drugs may not work anyway. Having spoken to many doctors about MRSA and having lost someone that I love to this super infection, I believe the prognosis for the future spread of MRSA is a very dire matter and should not be taken lightly.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who have little or no faith in the medical and pharm communities...and the media: Yes washing hands, etc, etc is preventative and thats great but please check out colloidal silver as an alternatiuve treatment for MRSA...it actually works. See Curezone.com

Anonymous said...

Yeah, poison yourself with silver. That'll help.

shannon G said...

Just when I was all MRSA'd out, I spoke to my bil who is a dermatologist who told me there is talk MRSA could become a pandemic, starting in the NY area and moving outward from there. Close contact, number of people intermingling, number of people below poverty line without health care, subways where people brush against each other, etc. etc. So take precautions!

VM said...

If you get MRSA and get wrongly diagnosed and die, it could mean millions for your family. NJ Burkett is covering it.

Sue. Sue. Sue.

Anonymous said...

A year ago I was working as a nanny for two physicians who I've NEVER seen wash their hands. On a Saturday I noticed a small hard lump in my groin area. By Monday it was a large hard lump and I was running a fever. But Tuesday evening I was running a fever of 103. By Friday I was in the emergency room in extreme pain and extremely sick with a MRSA infection that had gotten into my blood stream. I spent 8 days in the hospital, endured two surguries to clean out the infection and spent a month out of work recovering from this infection.

So when you say "tell your nannies" I say "tell you EMPLOYERS"! I am a near obsessive hand washer and look what happened to me.

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