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Cows, people infected with new strain of MRSA
June 2nd, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Cows, people infected with new strain of MRSA

Scientists say a new strain of antibiotic-resistant staph has been identified in humans and fresh, unpasteurized cow's milk in Europe, although it's not known how widespread or virulent it is.  A bigger concern, according to their study, is that a newer test may miss this strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

"We're missing out on a whole chunk of the bacteria from our understanding of the epidemiology of MRSA," said Dr. Mark A. Holmes of the department of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge in England, and a study co-author.  "If we're going to continue the successful drive to reduce MRSA in hospitals and in communities we need to understand where it's coming from. We are not seeing the whole picture."

Clusters of the new MRSA strain were found among both humans and dairy cattle in England, Scotland and Denmark, according to the study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

But the risk of infection in the community-at-large from the new strain of MRSA is remote at best according to one infectious disease expert.

"This isn't something anyone would need to lose sleep over unless you're a farmer in England," said Dr. Gregory Moran, a clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine who is not affiliated with the study. "There is nothing to suggest that this is some new, extra dangerous strain that will spread further and take over from the MRSA that we already have."

The concern is less that the new MRSA strain will spread wildly, and more about the inability of a newer testing method - called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – to identify it.  A PCR test looks for specific DNA sequences in MRSA, identifying markers known to be associated with the bacteria. It is quicker than conventional testing but, according to the study, frequently misses the gene associated with this new MRSA strain.

"Sort of like having an extra source of MRSA that's somehow not being accounted for at the end of the accounting process," said Holmes.

But most hospitals in England– and the United States for that matter - tend to use a more conventional method for identifying MRSA. It involves growing the bacteria in a petri dish impregnated with an antibiotic and observing whether the bacteria grow or not.  The concern is that hospitals and medical centers where this conventional method is not used could prescribe the wrong antibiotics.

It is known that animals carry MRSA and sometimes pass it to humans, however it is more likely that resistant bacteria would be spread from person-to-person, according to Moran, an infectious disease expert.   Those most affected by cows carrying staph aureus are people who work or live on farms, in close proximity with the animals.

"We live in a sea of bacteria," said Dr. Robert Daum, director of the University of Chicago MRSA Research Center.  "There are bacteria in our bodies, in our water, on our elevator buttons.  Finding MRSA in some specimens of milk doesn't surprise me and I don't think it necessarily poses a threat to humans."

Holmes added that MRSA migrating from cows to people should not raise concerns about dairy products.

"Drinking milk or eating dairy products is not a public health concern," said Holmes.  "The pasteurization of milk kills bacteria, including MRSA, without any problem."

The question lingering for study authors is whether the new MRSA strain will eventually spread from farm workers to the wider community.

"Staph aureus is ubiquitous, it's everywhere," said Moran.  "This seems to be one specific strain in one specific geographic area, in one specific species.  Unless you're in that area exposed to cows, you should not worry."


soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Rashaun

    Hopefully there is someone out there with some type of antibody that can help fight this particular strain .

    June 2, 2011 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mickey1313

      there is, Brand Cubist makes Cubicin to treat mrsa, Several brands make Vancomycin, also to treat mrsa.

      June 3, 2011 at 00:56 | Report abuse |
    • Charles Smythe

      so they will feed it en mass to cattle and the bug will be resistant in 5 years putting us right back where we started – frittering away powerful resources in the name of profit . . .

      June 3, 2011 at 06:08 | Report abuse |
    • BroadCasting

      My mom had a MRSA infection in her left eye. We fought this for one year with 6 different doctors, 2 surgeries, and numerous antibiotics including Vancomycin and Bactrim. The infection eventually got into her blood stream and she developed endocarditis then pneumonia and sepsis. She died one year from the day she was diagnosed.

      Many of the antibiotics we depend on come with their own set of dangerous problems (side effects).

      June 3, 2011 at 08:23 | Report abuse |
    • Tony Anderson

      There is a product that has just been introduced to the marketplace called "Irrisept" and its purpose is to treat and and prevent bacterial infections and based upon several case reports and studies has been very effective in treating MRSA in wounds as well as other types of bacterial infections.
      It is FDA cleared for wound debridement and cleansing. Check out the product at http://www.irrisept.com It may well help someone you know who has any type of bacterial infection.

      June 3, 2011 at 08:49 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      This is why companies like Medizone (MZEI) are so important in the fight against MRSA and other toxic infections.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:13 | Report abuse |
    • SophieEllen

      There is vancomycin to treat MRSA....to bad there are also cases of VRSA (Vancomycin Resistant Staph-Aureus) Pathogens are always one step ahead it seems. The modern arms race.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
  2. K.

    I blame this on the humans and corporations controlling the humans, this is one more thing that could have been avoided but the human race is too dim to notice.

    June 2, 2011 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BroadCasting

      K, That doesn't make any sense. Corporations are made up of humans who get sick and die just like the rest of us.

      June 3, 2011 at 08:26 | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      There are always idiots who blame corporations for everything. Especially the corporations that are successful and make a profit.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:20 | Report abuse |
    • Tune A Fish

      And there are also "idiots" who keep their head in the sand and don't follow the money. Certain corporations, such as Monsanto (looke them up – they are one piece of work!), do have a direct and unfavorable impact on the food supply. Are you aware that they are in the process of obtaining all of the world's seed supply so consumers wil have no choice but to consume their GMO foods, which have been shown to do severe harm to lab animals, especially reproductively? Not to mention the fact the pharmaceutical coprs who supply their antibiotics to ranchers and farmers so they will have animals that grow faster and can turn a profit faster, never mind that we end up consuming those very antibiotics when we eat. So, yeah, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with making money, there is something wrong with having to make ever higher and higher profits at the expense of the health of the people, the animlas and the planet.

      June 3, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  3. linda alford

    In kentucky our hospital we have alot of people who had surgury an end up with mrsa my daughter did here they treat it with vancamician

    June 2, 2011 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lynn

    My son was diagnosed with MRSA in March. He will be susceptible for life. He was infected in a doctor's office who took a culture of pus coming from his toenail. She removed the nail. Three days later he was in the hospital with a swollen knee. Surgery was performed. All of his doctors, and the hospital, are covering for each other in so far as where he contracted MRSA. He has a CNA who comes in 20 hours a week. There needs to be more community awareness about MRSA. Also, can't we be vaccinated for it?

    June 2, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Lynn, that must be horrible, but vaccinating is difficult for rapidly reproducing and mutating pathogens. That's the primary reason why we don't really have an HIV vaccine, by the time we have a vaccine which can stimulate antibodies to fight the pathogen, the pathogen has typically mutated to the point where the strain we used to construct the vaccine would be irrelevant. You need to know how to attack bacteria or viruses like that, and that takes quite a lot of research. It's something we don't currently have, but I'm confident we have biologists working on finding a possible vaccine. Google Scholar would always be a good starting point if you want to see how our MRSA research is coming. (Google Scholar is critically underused, it is a great resource)

      June 2, 2011 at 23:09 | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      the problem is poor sanitation in md offices and in hosiptals and in long term care facilities. I am an iv pharmacy technician for a company specalizing in long term care facilities, and i will tell you that MRSA is our #1 problem.

      June 3, 2011 at 00:59 | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      Probably the thing to do is to make use of the patient's own immune system to make a tailored vaccine. Given a specific MRSA (or VRSA) strain, white cells can be extracted and more grown, then reimplanted into the patient with radioactive tags that would attach to the bacteria, killing them. We get infections because we can't produce enough of an immune response to counter the bacteria. This solves the problem. But with so many different strains out there, and with some patients carrying multiples, it's exceeding difficult to actually put this into practice.

      June 3, 2011 at 01:46 | Report abuse |
    • Tony Anderson

      Check out http://www.irrisept.com
      Read case repoerts and studies
      This product may be able to help you.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
  5. jen

    I was diagnosed with MRSA in june of 2008 and have gotten it at least once a month since. I've never heard of it before I was diagnosed but it has taken over quickly. I have no answer of where it came from or how I got it or why I get it so often. It's gross and embarassing. My now 3 year old daughter also got it when she was 19 months old but luckily hasn't had it since. I feel personally that more people need to be aware of MRSA and educated on it. In pennsylvania, we're treated for MRSA with a pill called bactrum, which never fails to leave me nautious and constantly leaving a rust taste in my mouth and to answer the last comment- no, there is no vaccine because MRSA is resistant to any antibiotic- which is why there is no cure and most people who get it are suseptable to it for life.

    June 2, 2011 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • codifex

      Jen,

      Everyone is susceptible to MRSA. You just happen to have it. As you have not died, you have developed a resistance to it. The more you have outbreaks, the more your resistance will strengthen. You're a survivor.

      Now, more to the point. You are also a carrier. The microbe is mutating in your system. Anyone you come in contact with – even those around you who you do not touch – will be exposed to this resistant strain.

      Hopefully, we'll be as strong as you are and become resistant as well.

      June 3, 2011 at 01:28 | Report abuse |
    • Boater39

      Codiflex, correct.... This also means that the nice little bugs in her body are busy "learning" about the various things (including her own immune system) that it needs to become immune to in order to survive. It is in this situation that a truly immune-to-everything strain can develop, which is why cases like this need to be monitored VERY closely. If it keeps coming back, the antibiotics they are using either are not killing all of the bacteria due to immunity OR they are not being given to the patient for long enough of a period of time to completely destroy every single bacteria involved–if even ONE survives, the infection can start all over again (but with added "knowledge" of whatever killed off all of it's friends). It's a ticking time bomb.... To the OP, if it keeps coming back, I HIGHLY suggest you seek treatment from more-skilled medical professionals.

      June 3, 2011 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Hi,
      MRSA is actually a form of Staph-Aureus, which naturally occurs on our skin. The problem starts when you get a small crack or wound in your skin and the Staph is able to get into your blood stream. It's very dangerous and can kill you quickly if left untreated.

      June 3, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • Tony Anderson

      Check out http://www.irrisept.com
      Look at case reports and studies

      June 3, 2011 at 09:08 | Report abuse |
  6. Sebastian

    There is no cure-all for Methicillin- Resistant Staph. Aureus, that's the scary part.... the doc knows it. Patients don't. They'll give you anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids) to alleviate you from the use of vancomycin or some other last resort antibiotic, not more than several due to MRSA's beyond our capability resistance.

    U.S. culture needs to wake up and stop allowing NIH to fund scientists who are using the same approach for this growing problem. Antibiotics will run out, as will isomers of virtually the same drug, time for real innovation before we're back in the dark ages of pre-penicillin era.

    Do the HW yourself, you'll be pretty surprised.

    June 2, 2011 at 23:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      What will I be pretty surprised about? That you're dead wrong? There are a handful of antibiotics that have MRSA coverage. Vancomycin and clindamycin probably being the two most commonly used.

      However, there are people who are MRSA colonizers, that can fight off signs of MRSA infections (cellulitis, abscesses, etc.) with antibiotics only to have them return later. But even that patient population can generally rid themselves of chronic infection in due time.

      June 3, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse |
    • Boater39

      Another part of the danger is that if one gets MRSA and the proper protocols are not followed, a few MRSA bacteria may survive the antibiotics, only they eventually (through a few generations) become immune to the antibiotics-of-last-resort and could become a NEW strain that IS resistant to all known antibiotics. This same pattern is how MRSA developed to begin with.... It's only a matter of time until it becomes immune to vancomycin, etc. If we don't find new antibiotics by then, we will have no way to stop it's spread.... THIS is why it is IMPERATIVE that someone with MRSA be under the proper supervised care (in the case of MRSA, by law, the CDC monitors the situation closely to make sure the proper protocols are followed).

      June 3, 2011 at 01:34 | Report abuse |
    • Terry - Indiana

      Please forgive me, but you are dead wrong. If properly treated, patients and family members have little to fear. Yes, this is apparently a new strain, but not the end of the world.

      June 3, 2011 at 06:41 | Report abuse |
  7. Wilson Ben-Wa

    We are going to lose many people from this.

    June 2, 2011 at 23:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. alexa

    My son was diagnosed with MRSA when he was 15 months old, when i noticed the spots on his leg and told my dr he told me that they were bug bites and i should bomb my home....a week later my 15 month old entire leg was swollen and had 8 sores that had large infected heads on them..he was running a 103 fever i immediatly took him in and they admitted him into hospital...i had to watch my son for five days go thru several incision and drainage processes and a major surgery to where he was put under with a breathing tube and his leg was cut open and drained and rinsed out and held open with tubes to let the puss and infection run out, he had about 5 different ivs pumping clyndamicin into his system. they finally told me he had MRSA. they sent me home with bactrum. . a month later my son was back in the hospital with yet another MRSA sore on his lower back running a 104 fever and his back was so swollen he couldnt even bend again he went thru two surgeries and had about 6 ivs of vancamicin..

    June 3, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jenna

    Scary how little those who have MRSA know about it....like you folks here. MRSA is not resistant to everything, just certain drug families. Depending on your case, your MRSA might be treated with something like vancomycin, or whatever else your culture shows it is sensitive to. Sensitivities come and go, though.
    If you've spent some time in hospitals or nusing homes, chances are that you have come into contact with MRSA, whether you know it or not. Most health facility personnel have MRSA.
    I have cystic fibrosis (cff.org), and culture staph aureus frequently in my lungs. I have cultured MRSA several times, also. MRSA is hard to beat, but not impossible. In the CF community, once you have had 3 years of MRSA-free cultures, you are no longer considered to have it.

    June 3, 2011 at 00:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boater39

      Correct. (I also used to work in a medical facility). The real danger here is that eventually, unless we find new antibiotics, there will become a strain of bacteria that IS completely immune to everything we can throw at it. It's only a matter of time. Right NOW, MRSA can be treated. 10 years from now....

      June 3, 2011 at 01:29 | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      Vanco has been misused since it's inception. I was a cardiology technician assigned to a Dialysis unit in the early 90's. MRSA was very common and the doctors would yell "Vanco!" whenever one of their patients became resistant. Trouble is, within a few years VRSA showed up...Vancomycin Resistant Staph Aureus. The renal docs misused it just the way penicillin and every other antibiotic has been misused. Instead of doing sensitivity tests to see if their MRSA patients could be dealt with using something other than Vancomycin, they simply went straight to the big guns. Now you have patients with MRSA AND VRSA signs on their doors. When the next big gun comes around...if...that too will be abused. Vanco should be a last resort medication for those that have never had it. Culture and sensitivity tests need to be done and the best working...as evidenced by the sensitivity testing...of the MRSA drugs should at least be attempted first. You simply hang a bag of Vanco and you're perpetuating the problem.

      June 3, 2011 at 01:57 | Report abuse |
  10. alexa

    They sent him home with a two week supply of clyndamicin..he has been mrsa free since. i also had MRSA in my arm in december..but mine was cleared up quite quickly. as a mother of a child that went thru a severe MRSA infection i have asked many times why we are not more educated about this disease and why drs are so lax about it all. up until i experienced this with my child...i had no idea what it even was. my son has been mrsa free for 6 months as well as I. all i can hope for is that he will not get it again...because it was very scary. i pray for all the other people who are going thru this...i hope we can eventually find out more about preventative measures we can take to ensure our safety.

    June 3, 2011 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jenna

    Thank you, David. Nothing like people spreading false info telling others to do their homework! Good post, you beat me to the punch.

    June 3, 2011 at 00:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. alexa

    ..

    June 3, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. epona30

    Organic grass fed local farm raised beef. Sounds pretty damn good now don't it?

    June 3, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      Not as good as cooking your food and getting pasteurized milk products.

      June 3, 2011 at 06:47 | Report abuse |
  14. Christina

    I'm just glad it's finally getting into the mainstream media. I picked it up in a hospital in late 2003 and it wasn't until summer 2005 that I was finally able to beat it back. 2+ years, 5+ different doctors and countless rounds of antibiotics until the last doctor finally listened to me and checked for the MRSA strain. Nowadays, more MD's know how serious it is and will look harder to prescribe the correct antibiotics. Even though the antibiotic regimen was harsh on my gut (flora/fauna wiped out) and it took about 6 months to recover with pro-biotics, I have not seen the gruesome effects of MRSA. WATCH OUT FOR SMALL CHILDREN IF YOU SUSPECT MRSA!!! It truly can KILL them if left undiagnosed.

    June 3, 2011 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boater39

      This is a NEW strain of MRSA-MRSA is actually the definition of an infection that is immune to all but the most powerful (last resort) antibiotics. It is not actually a specific infectious disease. In the case of this article, this is a new infection that has MRSA properties. What you had back in 2003-2005 was probably a completely different infection that also was resistant to most antibiotics. This is what happens when we give out antibiotics for every sniffle–eventually those antibiotics become useless.

      June 3, 2011 at 01:26 | Report abuse |
  15. karla miranda

    Hi all. My son 9.months old and I were diagnosed with mrsa I started doing a lot of research and found a book called mrsa.secrets revealed and thanks god seems to be working it tells you everyrthing about this bacteria months ago I didn't want it to buy it but since this painful is in our bodied I had to try it and buy it it's about changing even what you eat...

    June 3, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Boater39

    Tornadoes blowing us away.... Earthquakes leveling our buildings. New e-Coli strain spreading between continents. New strain of MRSA. Seems that mother nature is seeking revenge.....

    June 3, 2011 at 01:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tune A Fish

      well, sure can't blame her.. .

      June 3, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
  17. stephan

    my father had MRSA that he contracted from the VA hospital and went to a sleep study when we picked him up he was non responsive come to find out he contracted MRSA which set up and poisoned his blood we buried him a week later ,he contacted threw IV adminstration some one dropped the ball Need a lawyer still !R.I.P Steve Jenkins!

    June 3, 2011 at 01:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. blertybot

    "This isn't something anyone would need to lose sleep over unless you're a farmer in England," said Dr. Gregory Moran

    LOLz

    June 3, 2011 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Rod C. Venger

    Interesting that this article is just coming out at the same time that articles regarding the use of unpasteurized milk is hitting the headlines. Scare tactics.

    June 3, 2011 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      Well, crap like this is going to happen more often when idiots get unpasteurized milk products.

      June 3, 2011 at 06:46 | Report abuse |
  20. obama's daddy

    Got milk?

    June 3, 2011 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Danny

    So at the end of the news piece, the experts say that this is no news.

    June 3, 2011 at 04:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. studdmuffins

    Keep demanding those antibiotics every time you get a sniffle allowing those pesky germs to get stronger and stronger.

    June 3, 2011 at 04:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ComeOnMan9

      I was waiting for somebody to tell the truth. Stop taking antibiotics for colds!

      June 3, 2011 at 09:08 | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      And using antibacterial handsoap, face wash, body wash, lotion, dish soap, etc, etc.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:44 | Report abuse |
  23. Concerned Parent

    Society needs to be EDUCATED about MRSA like the flu starting at the school level. We all know we can potentially die from the flu and VRSA (Vanco Resistant MRSA) is on the rise. Sorry to say but more people will die from MRSA than ANY other virus or bacteria. EDUCATION needs to be first and foremost – Vancomycin, CYLINDAMYCIN, and Cubicin may not always treat MRSA. I know from personal experience with my son 6 years ago. I decided to educate myself after 20 doctors did not know what was wrong with my son until the CDC got involved.

    June 3, 2011 at 06:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Terry - Indiana

    So, we have a new strain of MRSA, but according to the article, "Staph aureus is ubiquitous, it's everywhere". It is OK to drink milk and eat cheese, as long as it is pasteurized. So, what was the purpose of the article that will now become the talk of Cable News?

    June 3, 2011 at 06:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Shane

    It's easy.

    Drink pasteurized milk

    Cook your beef.

    It isn't too difficult to kill 99.9999% of all bacteria

    June 3, 2011 at 06:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Magpie

      You can eat and drink pasteurized products if you like. I would like to retain the choice to make my own decision about what I put into my body. I've had a MRSA infection that I picked up while my mother was in the hospital/nursing home for 3 months last year. It has recurred 4 times and I'd still rather take my chances with raw milk and cheeses than put that pasteurized, lifeless non-nutritional crap in my body.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:53 | Report abuse |
  26. Holly

    Any one drinking Milk from a cow is pretty sad..... These poor animals are just tortured over and over again. You are not a good parent feeding your kids this crap..... Try drinking silk and eating fruits and veggies. Your kids are turning into to cows.

    June 3, 2011 at 07:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kake79

      It's recommended that you are very careful in how many soy products you give to growing young children do to the estrogenic properties of soy.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
    • Magpie

      Holly, that's hardly the way to convince people to change their diet. Soy milk isn't all that great, either, btw. A better choice would be almond or coconut milk.

      June 3, 2011 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
  27. Canopy

    Society needs to be educated about the dangers of using antibiotics in our food products. Scientists have been predicting this for years.

    June 3, 2011 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Dana

    This is horrible! I know all too well about MRSA, my son and I have gone thru infection after infection. Luckily he and I are no longer getting any MRSA outbreaks (hope it stays that way). My son got the worst of it, it started around 9 months old and his first pediatrician just thought it was a rash of some sort, he started getting outbreaks once a month and the last outbreak was in Feb of 2011. We switched pediatricians in Oct. of 2010 because the previous one wasn't doing a darn thing about these infections and just treated them with whatever they thought would work. Our new pediatrician is wonderful and hit this head on, our son finally had to have surgery in Jan of 2011 (the worst one ever) on his upper thigh, the infection had taken over most of his thigh. I don't think I've ever been so scared for him, he was in so much pain!!! Hardly able to walk with the ones on his thighs, not able to bend over with the ones on his little butt! I felt helpless, I just wanted to take away his pain! With the help of an infectious disease specialist, dermatologist, pediatric surgeon and our pediatrician (who I am so thankful for, all of them) our beautiful son is happy and infection free! Not to say they won't ever come back again, but i'm really hoping they are gone for good! We treated my son with bleach baths (which have been reduced since no more outbreaks), we only wash him with Lever 2000 soap (recommendation from the dermatologist), my husband and I use Hibiclens for ourselves (washing our arms and hands) to try to prevent us from passing MRSA to my son, if it's even coming from us. They never could fully tell us where he was getting this from ( I thought it was from me) which they said could be the case, but because I had not had an infection in quite sometime (a couple months before I was pregnant with him) they pretty much ruled that out. We also had to use a nasal gel (that cuts the staph in your nose by half) for a couple of weeks as well. They said our son could outgrow this by the time he is potty trained too. All of his infections were in the diaper region and top of his thighs. Parents really do need to be aware of this horrible thing. I at first thought I was one of the only parents going thru this but after reading this comment section and a few blogs, I don't feel so alone. I just can't believe with our technology and advances that we can't find something to completely get rid of this. I'm so sorry to all you parents for having to go thru this yourselves or with your children, I don't wish this on anyone at all. Here's to hoping we can find some kind of medicine to completely wipe this out (very unlikely).

    June 3, 2011 at 08:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Concerned Parent

      Thank you for sharing your story. My son had tubes put in his ears and we wondered if he contracted it at that time. But, your correct the NASAL cavity is the point of entry for most. It's the rapid colonization of MRSA that makes it hard to treat initially. We too had to wash with Hibiclens and it was a NIGHTMARE. – Just a quick note to everyone – MRSA lives and thrives on METAL surfaces up to a week. Towels and clothing up to four days. So, you can contract MRSA a number of ways. Your definitely not alone..... Again – education and understanding is key....

      June 3, 2011 at 09:10 | Report abuse |
    • mom

      I am very sorry to hear about what happened to your son. My boy had bronchitis issue since he was 6 months old. He was using antibiotic for a very long period of time and that had really weaken his immune system, he was sick so often that we couldn't let him go out to play, when he was in school, he would come home with a cold every time when some other children got sick, that was bad. Antibiotic is not a good thing to take for a long period of time, so beware of that please!

      June 3, 2011 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
  29. Grassho99erX

    Some scary stuff. Holly I agree the animals are sometimes tortured in different ways,but that only goes to show we need better treatment for them.We have to eat.We number in billions.A guillotine would be the best painless and cheapest way to prepare them for the meat market & as for milk if done right they actually seem to enjoy the milking.My garndfather ran a diary farm,and I never saw one in discomfort & he used a milking machine.A limit just needs to be set on times milked.Staph in hospitals is a huge problem,and almost always due to sloppy methods used to rush people in and out.And just pure negligence involving the whole health care sector anywhere..The illness described in this artical is a whole new problem.Hopefully we can stop it.Fast.

    June 3, 2011 at 08:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. the big cheese

    Just More Doom And Gloom For The Media. Mrsa And Other Infections Are A Minor Problem That Can Be Treated,but Not Cured. My Friend Had Quadruple Bypass Surgery,contracted Mrsa The Incision On His Leg Wouldnt Heal. Over Use Of Antibiotibs,and Hospitals That Arent Disinfected Are The Culprits Here. Incidentally The Friend I Refer To Is A Veterinarian.could Be Humans Infect Cows.btw... Antibiotics And Hormones Are Pumped In The Critters That We Use For Milk And Meat. Any Wonder How Antibiotic Resistant Germs Came To Be?

    June 3, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Rudi

    All the truth at the sensational book at www TheDimensionMachine dot com

    June 3, 2011 at 08:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Robert

    It's so much better to eradicate this stuff before it attacks the body which is why it's so important that we focu on technology that kills these germs before they enter the body. R&D companies like Medizone (MZEI) are so close to technological breakthroughs that will kills these germs in hospital suites, surgical centers, food supplies, etc. Heck it might even be effective against bed bugs!

    June 3, 2011 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Alex

    And people still want to drink raw milk? Fine, go ahead, serve it to your children too. Yay for natural selection!

    June 3, 2011 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. katie

    Another disease brought to you by: Humans. That's right, Humans....

    June 3, 2011 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. questionauthority

    Bacterias R&D dept. operates 24/7.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Nanny

    Do not get involved with medical studies on MRSA, such as STOP-MRSA. This kind of infection is too serious to allow antibiotics to be tested. Medical research should not be conducted in emergency rooms.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. nurselg

    The current practice of factory farming breeds disease. They keep the animals in such close quarters they have to pump them with drugs to keep them from getting sick. Then everyone eats the drug infused meat and dairy. See a possible connection as to the rise in super infections? It's not rocket science. The data is already out their but the factory farming industry is in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. It's a perfect union. First the animals need the drugs so they do get sick so people can eat them. Then, people eat them and they get sick so they need drugs. Demand better people! Support your small family run farms that actually care about their animals and what they are feeding you.

    June 3, 2011 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Countryboy

    We'll have to go back to surgery at home! http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE bye now!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. roadhouse

    "Rehberg told FDA Week in an emailed statement that a key concern the amendment is designed to address is that FDA will act on assertions by interest groups that antibiotic use in animals spurs resistance in humans to these drugs, and he contended that there is “no scientific data” to back up that claim."

    I beg to differ. Read this article, http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/03/watch-out-for-the-cows-they-might-be-carrying-a-new-strain-of-mrsa/

    June 9, 2011 at 00:24 | Report abuse | Reply
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