MRSA Takes Its Toll
|Orlando Sentinel sportswriter Chris Harry|
Chris Harry was a healthy, robust sports reporter until he was recently diagnosed with a nerve disorder in his brain. He developed a violent reaction to his medication - having about 20 "horrible headaches" a day. Eventually, his docotors found another drug that worked. But it had a secondary effect that was about to change his life even more. It weakened his immune system.
That's when MRSA crept into his life.
Tere are probably 200,000 or more clinically-diagnosed staph infections in Florida each year. Most infections are mild, but a few are serious and lead to hospitalizations and even death.
Web sites for MRSA information:
MRSA in Schools
CDC Q & A about MRSA in Schools
The EPA provides a list of EPA-registered products effective against MRSA.
MRSA in Athletics
MMWR: Public Health Dispatch - MRSA in Competative Sports
Florida Department of Health Programs
Florida Schools Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
Antibiotic Resistance Programs
Infection Control Guidelines 1999
Outpatient Staphylococcal Infections in Florida: Descriptive Epidemiology of Methicillin Sensitive and Resistant Infections
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