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Staph scare at House gym
Politico ^ | April 15, 2009 | Glenn Thrush

Posted on 04/15/2009 6:50:01 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

A member of the House gym has been diagnosed with MRSA — a much-feared, antibiotic-resistant bacteria — and the facility has been scrubbed to eliminate the possibility that anyone will become infected.

h/t John Bresnahan

The (edited) memo from administrators at the House fitness center:

On Monday, 4/13, the HSFC was informed by a HSFC patron that they had tested positive for MRSA. This patron was requested to refrain fromusing the facility until all drainage has stopped and only after then with the area completely bandaged and covered with clothing. The patron informed the HSFC staff that they would not intend to visit the facility until the area is completely healed.

Once this incident was reported, the HSFC staff immediately contacted the CAO whom in turn contacted the Office of the Attending Physician. After all of the proper channels were informed, the HSFC staff began to thoroughly disinfect all equipment and areas in the facility.

The solution used to disinfect is the same solution used on a daily basis, Simple Green D Pro 3 disinfectant, virucidal, fungicidal. This was performed in accordance with the directives of the Office of the Attending Physician and in a manner consistent with specific product manufacturer labeling.

The first line of defense in ensuring a safe environment also rests with the HSFC patrons. To further prevent the immediate spread of disease, patrons are required per the terms of the HSFC Membership agreement to thoroughly disinfect the equipment after personal use.

In response, the HSFC has added preventative measures to help ensure the safety of our patrons. You will notice additional signage in the center reminding patrons to disinfect equipment after each use. More paper towel dispensers will be added, as well as additional spray bottle holders to foster this patron compliance. The HSFC staff will continue to thoroughly disinfect equipment, mats, locker room areas, and laundry to ensure the safety of all patrons.

Kathy Zumbar, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT HSFC Wellness/Fitness Coordinator


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; mrsa
"Staff" infection...............there, I fixed it.
1 posted on 04/15/2009 6:50:02 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Dirty bass turds.


2 posted on 04/15/2009 6:51:24 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (We have our own pirates. They're called politicians.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Why in the world would one Large GERM be Afraid of Another??


3 posted on 04/15/2009 6:51:37 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I GIVE UP .... HEIL Obama!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

MRSA should give the Congresscritter professional courtesy.


4 posted on 04/15/2009 6:52:20 AM PDT by cyborg (Apple iPhone Addict)
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To: COUNTrecount

Aren’t you glad your tax dollars are used to provide the U.S. House and staff with a free gym, while you have to pay your money to work out at Gold’s or Bally’s? And aren’t you glad that it is nasty and apparently badly managed?


5 posted on 04/15/2009 6:54:25 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: COUNTrecount
... the HSFC was informed by a HSFC patron that they had tested positive for MRSA ...

"They" who? This sounds like more than one case.

6 posted on 04/15/2009 6:55:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (What can I do to advance Right Wing Exremism today?)
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To: COUNTrecount

Did somebody walk by Barney Frank’s towel?


7 posted on 04/15/2009 6:56:16 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: COUNTrecount

Male aides in the sauna?


8 posted on 04/15/2009 6:56:42 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: COUNTrecount

There is a dangerous infection in Congress alright, but staph isn’t it.


9 posted on 04/15/2009 6:58:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: La Lydia
Aren’t you glad your tax dollars are used to provide the U.S. House and staff with a free gym, while you have to pay your money to work out at Gold’s or Bally’s? And aren’t you glad that it is nasty and apparently badly managed?

gee, a government facility that has lazy staff cleaning up... who'd a thunk it?

I think the government should take over all health club facilities, since they're experts on automotive design and sales, health care, mail/package delivery, banking and finance...... running a gym should be a piece of cake.

frickin' clowns.

It's probably spread by someone not wiping off the equipment after picking their nose or doing the farmer's blow then wiping it with their hands.

I'll bet if they give this person antibiotics and they get a small cut in the future, he'll get another staph infection. Probably needs oral meds and nasal bactroban till he's cultured and negative for staph. Otherwise somebody in the gym or the equipment is contaminated.

Unfortunately Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi, Franks and Dodd have never seen the inside of a gym .... too bad.

10 posted on 04/15/2009 7:04:17 AM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: COUNTrecount

This may put in kink in Barney Frank’s Friday Frolic in the steam room. (like they need more kink in there?)


11 posted on 04/15/2009 7:09:07 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Who would have thought, Americas’ bath house was infected.


12 posted on 04/15/2009 7:10:44 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: COUNTrecount

13 posted on 04/15/2009 7:12:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: Tax-chick

14 posted on 04/15/2009 7:13:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: COUNTrecount

Really? I would have thought MRSA would have avoided the House gym as a matter of professional courtesy.


15 posted on 04/15/2009 7:19:21 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: COUNTrecount

I hope all their dicks fall off.


16 posted on 04/15/2009 7:24:22 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year military veteran of Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: COUNTrecount

And in addition to it being a “staff” infection, it’s really MURTHA not MRSA that is the problem.


17 posted on 04/15/2009 7:34:15 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Piquaboy

That’s not too notice. With the balls gone years ago there would be nothing left.

Oh nevermind.


18 posted on 04/15/2009 7:35:31 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Piquaboy

That’s not too nice. With the balls gone years ago there would be nothing left.

Oh nevermind.


19 posted on 04/15/2009 7:36:04 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: COUNTrecount

This is news? There is MRSA all over, it’s just that this person was cultured and found to have it. There are many more people in the community that have it as well, but haven’t been cultured yet.


20 posted on 04/15/2009 7:38:49 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: erman
Ignorance is curable, if the will exists to get over it ... try reading a little bit about antibiotic resistant strains of staph.
21 posted on 04/15/2009 7:40:52 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Spend $30 dollars and save yourlife and keep some Allimax on hand ... nuff said


22 posted on 04/15/2009 7:44:05 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: COUNTrecount
The solution used to disinfect is the same solution used on a daily basis, Simple Green D Pro 3 disinfectant, virucidal, fungicidal.

Oh, the environmentally friendly soap! Too bad it's not really effective. But, Nancy has declared the Capitol to be "green". Use some real disinfectant, like bleach.

23 posted on 04/15/2009 7:46:28 AM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: COUNTrecount

Get P90X and stay at home.


24 posted on 04/15/2009 7:47:46 AM PDT by chasio649
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To: Scythian

With as many sexual degenerates as infest the House and Senate and their staff, I’m amazed that any healthy person would even visit the gym to work out.


25 posted on 04/15/2009 7:49:06 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Red Badger

Simple Green Pro3;

MSDS:

Active Ingredient CAS Number Approx. Weight % TWA/TLV
FMB 1210-8 (80%)
To Provide:
Didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride 7173-51-5 1.9 None Established
N-Alkyl (C12-16) dimethyl benezyl ammonium chloride 8001-54-5 1.2 None Established
This product does not contain nonylphenol ethoxylate.


26 posted on 04/15/2009 7:50:24 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: cyborg

To paraphrase; There is no honor among scourges.


27 posted on 04/15/2009 7:51:15 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: COUNTrecount

The routine use of antibacterial soaps is what leaves people succeptible to all sorts of skin infections. We are normally protected by the bacteria that inhabit our bodies, not endangered by them, and killing those bacteria leaves us defenseless.

Note that hospitals are most known for staph infestations, and they ‘sanitize’ everything in sight.


28 posted on 04/15/2009 7:53:45 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Old Professer

29 posted on 04/15/2009 7:58:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: editor-surveyor

ALL soaps, are “anti-bacterial” to some extent......


30 posted on 04/15/2009 8:00:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What the heck would Barney Fwank be doing at the gym?

Oh. Never mind.


31 posted on 04/15/2009 8:33:02 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: La Lydia
Actually, although I find out congress very repugnant in this day and age, this type of staph is prevalent in hospitals, even very clean hospitals. It forms a film over itself that makes it resistant even to bleach, which is known to kill any bacteria on contact. They have recently developed something that will eat off the film and kill the bacteria, thus destroying the colonies that infest hospitals and other areas, doorknobs and walls being the two main areas for this type of staph to congregate.

I would put a snarky comment about how much these a**hats deserve to get this infection and maybe it will clean out the government but I don't want to get banned so I won't.

32 posted on 04/15/2009 8:40:16 AM PDT by calex59
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To: editor-surveyor
Note that hospitals are most known for staph infestations, and they ‘sanitize’ everything in sight.

Read my post #32...

33 posted on 04/15/2009 8:41:34 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

Good thing you held back on that comment. I am germphobic, so I think I will buy some of that Simple Green D3 stuff and have a spring clean. I haven’t done my doorknobs in ages.


34 posted on 04/15/2009 12:48:57 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: MHGinTN
Ignorance is curable, if the will exists to get over it... try reading a little bit about antibiotic resistant strains of staph.

Huh? How is it ignorant to treat staph with oral as well as topical anti-staph antibiotics? The article doesn't state if it's MRSA or VRSA only that it was "staph".

If they treated an open draining wound that had been treated with TMP-SMX, Augmentin or Clindamycin... maybe just switching to Levaquin might do the trick. But if it's resistant and hasn't been cultured then the treatment of choice is IV antibiotics with long term oral meds and nasal antibiotics till cleared by negative culture.

You're right, ignorance is curable.... but being a douche bag isn't. Try spitting out the vinegar and water.

35 posted on 04/15/2009 1:22:22 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: MHGinTN
Just re-read the article and it was MRSA. So if the guy has MRSA he might have it in his nasal cavity which is where I've seen several jocks test positive for it.

so what happens is that either a carrier or the same "treated" individual blows his nose or picks it and get the staph on the equipment and Viola... another staph infection.

36 posted on 04/15/2009 1:25:52 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: Red Badger
"ALL soaps, are “anti-bacterial” to some extent"

Not really true. Traditional soaps are alcaline, and only perform a mechanical removal, while antibacterial soaps are acidic, and definately do kill all living organisms when used repetitively.

37 posted on 04/15/2009 6:56:52 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: calex59
"They have recently developed something that will eat off the film and kill the bacteria, thus destroying the colonies that infest hospitals and other areas"

Never was needed. Common garlic, when crushed, performs the removal of biofilms quite well for about 10 minutes or so, until the alicin is oxidized out. What is interesting is that the alicin seems to only kill the pathogens, and not the beneficial bacteria. Gods products are always superior!

38 posted on 04/15/2009 7:01:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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