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Superbug Sweeps San Diego (Bacteria Has Potentially Fatal Effects)
NBCSanDiego ^ | August 18, 2006

Posted on 08/20/2006 12:52:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Bug bites are common in summer but a new super bug sweeping San Diego could have potentially fatal effects.

Local hospital emergency rooms are being jammed by patients who've been bitten by a strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Although the bites look they come from spiders, officials say they're much more harmful. Even worse: They're spreading so fast that the local emergency rooms are reporting at least one new infection per day.

The bacteria is called "metha-cillin resistant staph aureus'' -- or "MRSA" for short and while it looks harmless under a microscope, Scripps Mercy hospital epidemiologist Frank Myers III said it can potentially deadly.

"This particular strain is particularly nasty because it can make us sick it can cause skin infections and it's also resistant to many common antibiotics we use to treat it," Myers said.

According to Myers, the strain has been growing in strength in just the last few years.

"In 2002, we saw no cases of community associated MRSA. In 2006, we're now seeing over a case a day in our emergency room," Myers said.

MRSA is particularly fast growing but spreads even more rapidly -- and that's what worries Myers.

"We've seen family members have these boils be treated inappropriately, sharing towels or bars of soap and those can spread very effectively in household setting so instead of one case we now see an entire family," Myers said.

If left untreated, MRSA can disfigure and sometimes be fatal. The current strain in San Diego originated locally and is spreading throughout the community at a very high rate.

Although the strain is resistant to most antibiotics, Myers says some still do work but warns if you see a strange bite that doesn't seem to be healing to see a doctor right away.

"Ask [the doctor to] do a culture on it and then follow completely the guidelines for antibiotic use.

MRSA used to be spread a lot in locker rooms, especially among football players and wrestling teams. Now, Myers said babies are getting through a diaper rash and other family members are spreading it just by casual touch.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: health; medicine; mrsa; propolis; superbug
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1 posted on 08/20/2006 12:52:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Local hospital emergency rooms are being jammed by patients who've been bitten by a strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

"In 2002, we saw no cases of community associated MRSA. In 2006, we're now seeing over a case a day in our emergency room," Myers said.

Jammed? Over a case case per day? More than one, but not quite two cases?

3 posted on 08/20/2006 1:05:40 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

Illegals from Mexico have about 75% of capacity booked for the next few years.


4 posted on 08/20/2006 2:01:08 AM PDT by perfect stranger (I need new glasses)
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To: onyx

In my experience, they have to quarantine these people and take a lot of precautions, so it's possible that it took a lot of effort by staff and made more than one bed unusable.


5 posted on 08/20/2006 2:02:15 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway


I forwarded this article to my children in San Diego.
Thanks for posting it.


6 posted on 08/20/2006 2:03:43 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

First thing I do when I have a bite is swab the area with alcohol a few times a day.


7 posted on 08/20/2006 2:04:35 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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To: perfect stranger

Regrettably and outrageously, you're right.


8 posted on 08/20/2006 2:05:52 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

btt


9 posted on 08/20/2006 2:27:37 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: sd-joe

Had you heard about this prior to this article?


10 posted on 08/20/2006 2:29:38 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

It isn't just San Diego; it's happening in Cincinnati, too.


11 posted on 08/20/2006 2:30:50 AM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: nickcarraway
Although the bites look they come from spiders

Well, do they come from spiders, or not? It might be helpful to find out, but don't rely on the media to look beyond their noses.

12 posted on 08/20/2006 2:33:11 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad

From my understanding MRSA doesn't come from the spiders, it is a bacteria that is outside the body on a surface somewhere, that gets into the body thru the skin. That could be an open wound or a spider bite, anything that opens up the skin giving it access.

I did a little bit of research on MRSA because my friend got it when he stepped on a nail while fixing a roof. They don't know if the MRSA was on the roof or on his shoe or sock.

It is very dangerous and requires some kind of super antibiotic. In my friends case they had to put a tube thru his chest to make it easier to administer the antibiotic on a long term basis.

According to what i've read on the internet including the CDC website MRSA is one of the biggest infectious disease problems in our country right now. It is contagious. If you use the same towel or soap, etc of someone with MRSA you can get it too.


13 posted on 08/20/2006 2:41:36 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: onyx

No, I sure did not. But since I get 99% of my news from FR ....


14 posted on 08/20/2006 2:47:42 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: sd-joe

Right! Thanks for replying.


15 posted on 08/20/2006 2:49:39 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

CDC is not publicly reporting a reasonable index of infection ratios for MSRA. Couldn't be that bad, right? I know Europe has had the problem for at least 25 yrs. Regardless, thanks for posting this info.


16 posted on 08/20/2006 2:52:29 AM PDT by Treader (Human convenience is always on the edge of a breakthrough, or a sellout)
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To: onyx

Sure have. We usually have two to three patients who are positive for Mersa every day on our 24 bed unit. Used to have perhaps one a month back in 2002


17 posted on 08/20/2006 3:22:04 AM PDT by Chickensoup (S)
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To: Chickensoup


Lord have mercy.


18 posted on 08/20/2006 3:26:03 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway
Those idiot reporters ought to talk to their own public health officials...

Don't be so quick to blame spiders for those "spider bite" wounds

19 posted on 08/20/2006 3:46:31 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: nickcarraway

We had seen this infrequently, and "VRSA" (vancomycin-resistant staph) less so in the hospital setting. It occurred in chronically ill and ventilated patients. These patients were always on some level of barrier isolation, but the healthy faced little danger of contamination. It seems this has changed. If this is "out" in the community and can be transferred through casual contact, this is a big problem. I certainly hope they are working on this.

Until then, I will repeat what everyone's mother has been telling them for a very long time: WASH YOUR HANDS; and keep your fingers out of your mouth and eyes.


20 posted on 08/20/2006 3:56:50 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: onyx

Probably based on seeing something like 8 or 9 cases during the past week.


21 posted on 08/20/2006 4:01:15 AM PDT by rod1
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To: rod1

It is nonetheless disturbing, but the numbers are confusing.


22 posted on 08/20/2006 4:05:58 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: Chickensoup
I can see how these wounds could be mistaken for a spider bite. They look like a brown recluse spider bite or another type of spider bite.


MRSA Wound


Brown Recluse Spider Bite
23 posted on 08/20/2006 4:12:22 AM PDT by stlnative
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for posting. Very interesting.


24 posted on 08/20/2006 4:14:34 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: nickcarraway
Would the invaders from Mexico have anything to do with this?

I know they've carried bed bugs, lice and other parasites on their own parasitic bodies into North America.

25 posted on 08/20/2006 4:16:34 AM PDT by SFCGeraldRTostensen
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To: All

How to Prevent MRSA poster... (too large to post the picture, so here is just the link)

http://www.tenafly.k12.nj.us/~jmaison/images/Prevent%20MRSA.jpg


26 posted on 08/20/2006 4:16:54 AM PDT by stlnative
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To: KylaStarr; mfccinsd; MamaDearest; Rushmore Rocks; JustPiper

Ick.....scary ping!!


27 posted on 08/20/2006 4:23:32 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Earnhardt said. "He can say what he wants. He got run over because he got off the gas.")
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To: nickcarraway

I found this...

Superbug passed to people by pets
February 21, 2006

http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/cnspolitics/story.html?id=426eb9b1-0a56-4334-b74b-0a678190b6b1

~SNIP~

MRSA, resistant to several types of antibiotic, already is a major problem within Canadian health care facilities, costing hospitals an estimated $100-million a year and killing 500 or more patients annually.

But it is likely to become a fixture in the community, too, imposing a significant new burden on the health care system, infectious disease experts say.

The new study, spearheaded by the University of Guelph's veterinary college, found that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus will move repeatedly between humans and household animals.

~SNIP~


28 posted on 08/20/2006 4:26:17 AM PDT by stlnative
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To: nickcarraway

Michael Savage warned about the threat of anti-biotic resistant diseases brought in my immigrants, 15 years ago in a book, before he was on talk radio. It is just going to get worse...much worse.


29 posted on 08/20/2006 5:04:17 AM PDT by montag813
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To: nickcarraway

Does this have anything to do with meth-drug users who have been coming up with staph infections from "spider bites" for a couple of years now?


30 posted on 08/20/2006 5:51:07 AM PDT by winodog (Who will stop Bubba and the Beast in 08?)
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like a job for propolis: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1472-765X.2003.01458.x?cookieSet=1&journalCode=lam

Additionally, propolis has been found to have synergistic boosting effects with antibiotic regimens: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=author:"Krol"%20intitle:"Synergistic%20effect%20of%20ethanolic%20extract%20of%20propolis%20and%20..."%20&hl=en&lr=&oi=scholarr


31 posted on 08/20/2006 5:53:32 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Yeah, I've got an axe to grind...what else would you use on Leftists?)
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To: onyx

Last week? ..recently..the woman doc on CNN did a segment on this..there may be some info on their site.


32 posted on 08/20/2006 5:54:39 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: Dustbunny
"First thing I do when I have a bite is swab the area with alcohol a few times a day."

Hydrogen peroxide or meat tenderizer are better. H2O2 WILL kill the bugs (better than alcohol), and the enzymes in the meat tenderizer will denature the toxic proteins of many insect venoms. Moiten a cotton ball with H2O2 and hold it on the affected spot for five minutes or so---repeat as needed.

33 posted on 08/20/2006 5:58:31 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: SE Mom


I'll have a look. Thanks!


34 posted on 08/20/2006 6:00:46 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Corpus Christi,Texas, has had 750 cases so far this year, mostly affecting children, and some fatalities. CNN reported that this is up from 50 cases three years ago.


35 posted on 08/20/2006 6:02:25 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Reactionary

Really? More info please.


36 posted on 08/20/2006 6:04:22 AM PDT by muggs
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To: perfect stranger

Mexico dumped its poor over the border -- ethnic cleansing. We deal with the result, and that includes measles, leprosy, whooping cough, the whole alphabet of hepatitis, etc.. And now this. (Education was something Mexico didn't think applied to the poor. Let them live in squalor, be illiterate all their miserable lives, so what. Better yet, dump them over the border as cheap labor with orders to send money home. If they're diseased, all the better. Here's a map of San Diego with a big X over the nearest hospital.)


37 posted on 08/20/2006 6:14:38 AM PDT by hershey
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Much more information here:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://tahilla.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/super_bug_091404.jpg&imgrefurl=http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/community_acquired_mrsa/&h=150&w=210&sz=12&hl=en&start=15&tbnid=bL2_tZvl4POrHM:&tbnh=76&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3DMRSA%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN


38 posted on 08/20/2006 6:20:26 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: 13Sisters76

That's what Mexico doesn't bother about. 'WASH YOUR HANDS and keep your fingers out of your mouth and eyes'. It's basic education. When that's lacking and large numbers of people live together-- who knows how many jammed in apartments -- opportunistic bugs like MRSA strike. (In Lowell, MA not long ago, police raided a small apartment house and found 900 illegals living there. You can bet some were using the same towel.)


39 posted on 08/20/2006 6:21:09 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Wonder Warthog

Good information. Thank you for passing it along.


40 posted on 08/20/2006 6:28:48 AM PDT by doberville
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raided a small apartment house and found 900 illegals living there. 900 in a small apartment? Really?..Wow.
41 posted on 08/20/2006 6:31:13 AM PDT by maineman
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To: 13Sisters76
I carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with me everywhere I go. It is absolutely disgusting to see the number of people who don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom. It seems people no longer practice even the most basic personal hygiene.
42 posted on 08/20/2006 6:31:20 AM PDT by pepperdog
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To: muggs

At Children's Hospital in Cincinnati there have been many cases of MRSA here recently. Also, cases of another resistant bug, although I can't remember the name of the thing.


43 posted on 08/20/2006 8:20:28 AM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: Wonder Warthog
H2O2 WILL kill the bugs (better than alcohol),

My mother came home from the hospital with a MRSA infection. I was told by the doctors that alcohol is what kill's bacteria. Guess that is why 'Germ-X' etc. contains 82% alcohol.

44 posted on 08/20/2006 9:38:51 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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To: SE Mom
Last week there was an article in my hometown newspaper about this.
And, the article said this skin disease was spreading across the USA.
45 posted on 08/20/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: Reactionary

Thank, I hadn't heard.


46 posted on 08/20/2006 12:07:45 PM PDT by muggs
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To: onyx

Journalism at it's best. Sheesh.


47 posted on 08/20/2006 12:10:45 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: onyx
Well, it could 'average' over a case per day. If you have 10 cases in seven days that's less than two per day but over a case per day...

Local ERs are jammed by minorities and poor who tend to use ERs are their first contact with medical professionals regardless of seriousness according to studies.

48 posted on 08/20/2006 8:37:49 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Support Arnold-McClintock or embrace high taxes, gay weddings with Angelides.)
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To: nickcarraway
Our youngest had a fast moving infection recently after falling off of horse and scraping his elbow. Within 18 hours he had serious swelling, fever and erythema spreading into his chest.
It did respond well to Clindamycin. The whole thing had me plenty worried for a couple of days. I have seen MRSA do major damage to people from minor injuries.
49 posted on 08/20/2006 8:48:39 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: nickcarraway

Time to stock up on aloe vera and neosporin!

Hey, I was at the farm supply yesterday and they were OUT OF Terramycin! (animal tetracycline).

That never happened in all the years I been goin in there...


50 posted on 08/20/2006 8:53:28 PM PDT by djf (Some people say we evolved. I say "Some did, some didn't!")
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