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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...
How many of you are TOTALLY confused - and anxious about how herpes is transmitted? Are you afraid that you can give the virus to your friends by sharing meals? Do you worry that that intimate kiss you shared with your partner a couple of days before an outbreak exposed him or her to the virus? Do you encourage your friends to use a different toilet because you're afraid you will give them the virus? Here are a few basic facts on herpes: 1. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and 2 (HSV2) are just two of 8 known human herpes viruses. Believe it or not, chicken pox is also a herpes virus. 2. The terms "genital herpes" and " oral herpes " describe where the infection is occurring, not necessarily which herpes virus is causing it. 3. HSV 1 is the virus that typically causes cold sores or fever blisters on the lips and mouth. 4. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV2. 5. Because HSV 1 usually causes cold sores, it is usually passe...
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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