The greatest challenge to medical science today is MRSA, the number one cause of infectious deaths in hospitals. Since the mid 1950’s
MRSA has evolved to become nearly invincible to most antibiotics. Because of this, science is frantically seeking a replacement the will eliminate MRSAsymptoms while avoiding the constant cycle of new antibiotic, MRSA mutates and is impervious to it so new antibiotics must be created.
Most people are aware that antibiotics destroy the “good gut flora (bacteria)” that comprises approximately 70% of our immune system within our large intestine. Unfortunately, antibiotics are taken at a time when we need our immune system the most.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection are most prominent on skin, so skin lesions and infections must never be treated lightly. They may resemble a common malady, but in reality, it may be MRSA. It is best to consult a doctor or health care professional if you see any symptom or a combination of symptoms, discussed here. Though the bacteria staph is present in 25% to 30% people, in their nose, they are not affected by it. The bacteria affect only 1% population and they suffer from MRSA. Symptoms of this disease should not be overlooked, as the disease is very fatal and immediate medical care is required.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a sometimes fatal infection, caused by Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. This strain is actually resistant to broad spectrum antibiotics. Mostly, patients of MRSA symptoms are found in hospitals, not in communities. Symptoms of MRSA depend on the area of body, where infection sets in like skin or a wound. In case of skin infection, the area may look like a boil.
Usually you can identify this disease, by observing skin, if you see there is:
MRSA symptoms can also cause skin infections like Cellulitis, Sty an infection of eyelid gland and Carbuncles.
Other symptoms include, fever, chill, short breath etc. Necrotizing fasciitis is another infection, which may result from MRSA infection in human body. MRSA symptoms can affect lungs and cause pneumonia.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA) infection also manifest in form of low blood pressure, headaches, and rashes over body etc. The bacteria may reach important internal organs, like heart, lungs, bones, joints and cause serious damage. This infection is life threatening and must be treated with caution and urgency.
If you see a mark on skin resembling spider bite, you should not overlook it, as it can be MRSA also. Septicemia, toxic shocks are two other symptoms of MRSA. You must understand that most people are merely carriers of MRSA and may carry this disease for years, without getting affected with it.
MRSA, the antibiotic resistant staph bacteria that has been a secret and silent killer in healthcare facilities for decades is at epidemic levels worldwide. MRSA Survivors Network, a global leader in the fight for MRSA awareness, education and prevention launches this week – “International MRSA Testing Week, April 1-7th” a new global campaign with the slogan “Prevention Saves Lives” that draws critical attention for the need of healthcare facilities worldwide to screen high risk patients for MRSA upon admission with continued surveillance and testing – active detection and isolation (ADI) saves lives.
“The fact that more Americans (>19,000) die every year from invasive MRSA infections, (according to the Centers for Disease Control – CDC) than from HIV/AIDS every year should be a wake-up call for immediate action, MRSA is a preventable disease, states Jeanine Thomas, founder of MRSA Survivors Network".
Recent data show that the treatment of MRSA bacteremia caused by strains of MRSA with slightly lower susceptibility to vancomycin (MIC>1 ugm/ml), which are increasing frequently, are associated with higher morbidity, mortality and treatment failures. This is reinforced by recent multi-center studies at both the Veteran’s Administration (150 hospitals) and throughout the HCA system that have yet again documented that through implementation of ADI, MRSA rates can dramatically reduce, not just in intensive care units, but hospital-wide. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the CDC) should mandate ADI. If we are to really believe in patient safety, all healthcare facilities worldwide with endemic MRSA should fully implement ADI as Northern European countries have done successfully; some for decades.
“It’s up to all of us to help stop the spread of MRSA worldwide in humans, animals, in the environment and in our food supply,” says Jeanine Thomas. “So many people have died from this preventable disease or have become permanently disabled, bankrupt and even homeless – entire families have been shattered.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) must finally acknowledge the MRSA epidemic and set up a worldwide MRSA surveillance and reporting system. Such a system would facilitate the collection of data on MRSA infections and colonization with a public release of such data on a designated website. This would illustrate the true magnitude of the MRSA epidemic and public health crisis worldwide and also facilitate the implementation of active detection and isolation (ADI).