MRSA Takes Its Toll

Orlando Sentinel sportswriter Chris Harry
Orlando Sentinel sportswriter Chris Harry
TAMPA (2009-04-03) -

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:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community Acquired MRSA
Community Associated MRSA
MMWR: Public Health Dispatch
Healthcare Associated-MRSA

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

MRSA in Jails/Correctional Facilities
Bureau of Prisons
Dispatch: MRSA in Correctional Facilities
Dispatch: Skin Infections in a State Prison

Florida Department of Health Programs
Florida Schools Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
Antibiotic Resistance Programs
Infection Control Guidelines 1999

EPI Update
Outpatient Staphylococcal Infections in Florida: Descriptive Epidemiology of Methicillin Sensitive and Resistant Infections

Florida Department of Health 5th Guy

Hand Hygiene

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