Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Old Dec 5, 04, 5:56 pm
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Control of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms in Home Settings, Specifically Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of bacteria (germ) that is often found in the nose, but can also grow in wounds and other sites of the body. Methicillin is an antibiotic (drug) that is used to treat these infections. Over time, the bacteria have become resistant to methicillin so that the drug is no longer able to kill the germ. If a person has an infection with this germ that cannot be treated with methicillin, the person is said to have MRSA and finding proper treatment is a challenge.

How are these germs spread from one person to another?

MRSA is transmitted primarily by contact with a person who has an infection or is colonized with the bacteria. The germ can be spread by direct contact with the person or by the hands of someone caring for the person touching others before washing hands. MRSA can survive for an hour or more on environmental surfaces such as floors, sinks, blood pressure cuffs, etc...

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Lysol

OK, so we all bring our cans of Lysol and spray the floor when required to take off our shoes.
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Originally Posted by red456
OK, so we all bring our cans of Lysol and spray the floor when required to take off our shoes.

Good idea! I wonder what the TSA will say to that!



But wait there's more!

Recent reports have documented an outbreak of ten cases among a football team in Connecticut where body shaving and “turf burns” from practicing on an artificial surface have contributed to the spread of MRSA.

Minor abrasions to the skin make it more vulnerable to infection and the bugs can survive on the carpet for an extended period of time.

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hmmm

Originally Posted by red456
OK, so we all bring our cans of Lysol and spray the floor when required to take off our shoes.
Lysol got removed from our cp due to invoking asthma attacks.
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Old Dec 6, 04, 6:35 am
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Although anything is possible,
You're not going to get MRSA from walking barefoot in the airport. (I say this as an epidemiologist, so that's my professional opinion.)

Tetanus perhaps, but MRSA is pretty unlikely.

But--uh oh--what if the "bad guys" got a hold of MRSA from the athletes and start using it as a bioweapon? We'd better install decon showers at all of the airports. Is it "going too far" to take a skin biopsy from selected passegers? Or should we just stick to a blood count?
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Although anything is possible,
You're not going to get MRSA from walking barefoot in the airport. (I say this as an epidemiologist, so that's my professional opinion.)

Tetanus perhaps, but MRSA is pretty unlikely.
If a swab was taken off of the no shoe path, I can't even think about the hundreds of types of bacteria that would be found.

How about swabing the tubs? The ones dirty shoes are put in, and then you put your clean cloths in, or your change, and then with your fingers pick it up later?

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Old Dec 6, 04, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by red456
OK, so we all bring our cans of Lysol and spray the floor when required to take off our shoes.
Oh, yeah, I'd love to see what happens when someone pulls out an aerosol can and starts spraying all over the place

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Or should we just stick to a blood count?
You know, as long as we're doing that, how about some mission creep and we'll just start creating a database of everyone's DNA, too!
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DNA swabs. Of course! What was I thinking. That's so much easier and so much more secure.
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The odds of coming into contact with MRSA at the checkpoint are exceedingly slim to none. Sheesh!

I'd worry more about foot fungus and plantar warts.
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Yes, taking off your shoes for screening is dangerous from a health point of view. Bacteria, virus, fungus, etc. is all around you. in addition to being on carpet and TSA screening bins, its on handrails, doorknobs, traytables, seats in departure gates and on airplanes (how dirty do you think headrests are?), on money (it is really filthy), restroom doors, and on anything else you touch in public places. I read that the remote control in your hotel room is especially germ laden, but germs are hiding wherever you touch. Travel is very dangerous from a germ point of view. It would be far safer for you to stay at home. Should you decide to take my advice, please reward me for the warning by giving me all hotel points, miles, upgrades, etc. which you will no longer need. And you can send along any filthy change or cash to which you don't want to be exposed. Please PM me at your earliest convenience. I intend to continue traveling and spending despite the danger.

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