Skip to comments.Staph scare at House gym
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
Dirty bass turds.
Why in the world would one Large GERM be Afraid of Another??
MRSA should give the Congresscritter professional courtesy.
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?
"They" who? This sounds like more than one case.
Did somebody walk by Barney Frank’s towel?
Male aides in the sauna?
There is a dangerous infection in Congress alright, but staph isn’t it.
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.
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.
This may put in kink in Barney Frank’s Friday Frolic in the steam room. (like they need more kink in there?)
Who would have thought, Americas’ bath house was infected.
Really? I would have thought MRSA would have avoided the House gym as a matter of professional courtesy.
I hope all their dicks fall off.
And in addition to it being a “staff” infection, it’s really MURTHA not MRSA that is the problem.
That’s not too notice. With the balls gone years ago there would be nothing left.
That’s not too nice. With the balls gone years ago there would be nothing left.
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.
Spend $30 dollars and save yourlife and keep some Allimax on hand ... nuff said
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.
Get P90X and stay at home.
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.
Simple Green Pro3;
Active Ingredient CAS Number Approx. Weight % TWA/TLV
FMB 1210-8 (80%)
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.
To paraphrase; There is no honor among scourges.
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.
ALL soaps, are “anti-bacterial” to some extent......
What the heck would Barney Fwank be doing at the gym?
Oh. Never mind.
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.
Read my post #32...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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