According to a new study, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a strain of staph infection, is becoming a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes. Little is known about how to prevent its spread among nursing home residents because most studies have been done in hospital settings. MRSA spreads easily and antibiotics like penicillin are ineffective against it. Elders in nursing home settings are vulnerable because MRSA infection is acquired more easily by elderly people and it is carried and spread quickly by skin contact. According to the study, living in close quarters, taking multiple medications, and issues such as pressure sores and catheters all make nursing homes key breeding places for MRSA. However, nursing homes haven't been an area of concentrated education on the subject. "Many different ways of preventing the spread of MRSA have been studied, particularly in hospitals; however, we found no studies that looked at...
Superbug . It's a term that's been in the news a lot lately. However, I was hearing about this infection even before it became a recent headline. Earlier this fall, my son was very concerned about contracting it. Superbug is a nickname for MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus . It's a type of "staph" infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Staph infections including MRSA are most common in people who are in the hospital or nursing homes, and people who have a weakened immune system. These infections can be fatal to young children, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system. But lately, these infections have been popping up throughout communities, at schools, daycare centers, and among healthy people who were not recently hospitalized. These infections are called CA-MRSA. In fact, some doctors believe staph infections are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the commu...
food poisoning is an illness that results from eating food contaminated with a toxin produced by the Staphylococcus aureus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
food poisoning is often caused when a food handler contaminates food products that are served or stored at room- or refrigerator temperature. Common examples of such foods are desserts (especially custards and cream filled- or topped desserts), salads (especially those containing mayonnaise), or baked goods.
The bacteria multiplies rapidly in the food, and a large colony of bacteria may be present without evidence of food spoilage. Risk factors include:
Ingestion of food prepared by a person with a skin infection (these infections commonly contain Staphylococcus aureus )
Ingestion of food kept at room temperature
Ingestion of improperly prepared food
Symptoms occurring in persons eating the same food.
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