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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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To: hershey
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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To: nickcarraway

The grammar is atrocious. Makes this report almost unreadable.

51 posted on 08/20/2006 8:59:58 PM PDT by The Westerner
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To: nickcarraway

Very interesting, but why isn't the bug doing the biting identified in the article?

52 posted on 08/20/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Reactionary

MRSA has been present as nosocomial infectious agents for many years. Commonly acquired in hospitals. Methcillin has been a reserve drug for many years for Staphlococcus aureus, once that particular strain cultured from a patient was found to be resistant. So then they go to Methcillin. Now, methcillin is no longer efficacious against this particular strain.

53 posted on 08/20/2006 9:10:35 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: maineman
I read apartment house meaning the entire apartment complex. Which could have 900 people living in in quite crowded. I think you read apartment, as in single apartment. In which 900 people living would be impossible.
54 posted on 08/20/2006 9:24:45 PM PDT by It's me
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone for closing the borders? Nah, that would be racist (scratch, itch).

55 posted on 08/20/2006 9:28:16 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: nickcarraway

It is huge in the gay community.

Chest shaving and other illicity activities.

56 posted on 08/20/2006 9:30:09 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: perfect stranger; onyx
Illegals from Mexico have about 75% of capacity booked for the next few years.

The sign in the emergency room at Harbor UCLA Hospital (Southern California) reads, "Waiting time is 19 hours." That is not a typo. You read it correct. 19 hours.

57 posted on 08/20/2006 9:31:06 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: nickcarraway

This is called CA-MRSA...that is, Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus compared to HA-MRSA...that is, Hospital Acquired MRSA which has been around for a while. As a retired nurse, I am not finding it difficult to see how HA became the 'mysterious'CA. I see nurses and other hospital personnel in the community in their 'scrub' uniforms. They go everywhere in these supposed 'uniforms.' I see them in restaurants, grocery stores, bookstores, office supply stores...everywhere. Everything they touch has the potential to carry unknown amounts of hospital-grade bacteria (the worst!)that can be picked up by anyone. I wish somebody in a position of authority could put this obvious 'two and two' together and insist that healthcare personnel not wear the same clothing in and out of the hospital. Call me old-fashioned.

58 posted on 08/20/2006 9:37:15 PM PDT by Bravada (Wherever I Stand, I Stand With Israel!)
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To: Bravada; Canticle_of_Deborah

You are absolutely right. I see people in scrubs all over the place from the supermarket to restaurants.

59 posted on 08/20/2006 10:40:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Staphylococcus aureus is already national.

60 posted on 08/20/2006 10:46:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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