What is MRSA Infection?
You would not believe how many people call here, desperate to find a solution to their MRSA problems. Every one of our callers have expressed how MRSA has completely destroyed the tranquility of their lives. Their stories are heart-breaking and I’m sure you have a great story to tell too.
Look, we want you to heal, we really do. If you are sick and tired of antibiotics that don’t help and that destroy your immune system and you want to eliminate MRSA using a natural method, your search is over.
We are so certain that we can do this for you, we will buy back your NutraSilver within 60 days of your purchase if you are not satiated for any reason. Now, would we do that if NutraSilver didn’t work? Of course not!
Could this be the end of the age of antibiotics?
MRSA infections now respond only to very advanced antibiotics that were never meant to be a first-line defense. Usually, the drugs have to be delivered intravenously — which often means spending some nights in the hospital. And it doesn’t help that the state of antibiotics is falling behind. With new antibiotics being approved at slower and slower rates, the battle against MRSA has many doctors worrying about creating a superbug they can’t kill at all. Now, new data suggest that the MRSA problem may be even worse than we thought.
MRSA kills more people than AIDS!
In a recent study by researchers at the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and University of Chicago Medicine, the rate of MRSA infections recorded at U.S. academic hospitals doubled in the five years between 2003 and 2008.
That means nearly 1 in 20 inpatients are now either battling an invasive infection or have been colonized by the bacteria (meaning they carry the germ but don’t suffer from any symptoms). In each of the last three years, more MRSA-infected people have checked into the hospital than either HIV-positive or influenza-afflicted patients, combined.
The CDC weighs in
Most of these patients are likely picking up the bacteria even before they reach the hospital grounds. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, infections of invasive MRSA acquired in-hospital fell by 28 percent from 2005 through 2008. Given MRSA’s rapid advance in the face of the CDC’s finding — from 21 infections per 1,000 people to 42 per 1,000 — it’s probably safe to conclude that the increases we’re seeing can be blamed on community-associated MRSA, a different strain of the germ.
Together, the CDC report and the newer study from the University of Chicago paint two different portraits of the MRSA problem. The first describes the extent of the illness as it actually affects victims today. It only counts serious infections that have penetrated deep into blood or spinal fluid, and makes a point of excluding cases of colonization. The second tries to account for all cases of infection, including colonization, and winds up capturing MRSA’s full potential. Knowing how many people have been colonized by MRSA implies just how many are at risk for consequential illness.
MRSA infection rates even higher than expected
In fact, the Chicago scientists say, the new estimate might even be low-balling the disease’s pervasiveness because the database they use — a collection of insurance bills — tends to under-report instances of MRSA if patients were hospitalized for some other ailment. When the researchers went back to correct for the statistical inaccuracy, they discovered that the insurance claims had missed between a third to one-half of actual MRSA cases as recorded by the hospitals’ own records.
At least some of the increase reported in the Chicago paper may simply be due to the fact that we’re now more alert to MRSA than we used to be. Better screening means we’ll find more of what we’re looking for. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that more people in general are becoming carriers for MRSA. Getting infected may not guarantee illness in a specific patient, but it also increases the bacteria’s chances of eventually being spread to someone who will fall ill from an infection. And that’s why understanding the scope of MRSA’s potential — as opposed to measuring only the immediately-consequential cases of MRSA infection — is so important.
What role do you play in the spread of MRSA?
Is MRSA infection contagious? It can spread from person to person in a variety of ways – but most often via skin to skin contact and especially via the hands. MRSA is a highly drug resistant variety of the very common staphylococcus aureus (SA) bacteria.
SA is found on the skin of over 30% of people and is believed to be carried by as many as 80% of people at some point in their lives. MRSA is rarer – 1.5% are thought to carry it, but in some populations this can be as high as 10% and it seems likely to grow.
SA can make you as ill as MRSA, but SA is easier to treat as more drugs are effective against it. The bacteria can survive for several months on surfaces and unlike viruses, does not need a ‘host’ to survive. If you or a friend has MRSA you or they can be contagious in the following ways:
MRSA is often found in the nose but is also common around the armpits and groin area. We can shed bacteria from our skin onto any surface we touch. This may be of little impact unless we are already quite ill and stationary in which case the bacteria can become concentrated around us and potentially be picked up by those caring for us.
Those carrying MRSA in their noses can expel MRSA bacteria during colds, flu and other respiratory infections, mainly via sneezing. This can in turn cause contamination.
We may therefore therefore contaminate surfaces. When these are high touch surfaces such as door handles, computer keyboards and the like, the bacteria can transfer to people’s hands and then travel to other parts of their bodies or to the skin of others.
Families may sometimes share household items such as combs, hairbrushes and towels. These are high touch items that can help spread infection.
Nurses, doctors or friends can become transient carriers. They may shed the bacteria later that day via washing or whatever but have carried it another patient or high touch surface. Other transient carriers can include family pets – these may be the source of reinfection in many families.
High touch activities
Contact sports and sexual activity involving nakedness can be often be another means via which MRSA (or SA) can be transmitted to the skin of another.
MRSA Contagious? What can you do?
Because SA and MRSA are so common it is impracticable to suggest that social distancing may protect a family or individual. Negative attitudes to MRSA positive people will not help them cope with their illness. The best responses to the possibility of MRSA contagion include a strong emphasis on hand hygiene as this is the most common way it moves between people. Washing hands 3-5 times a day and after contact with a known MRSA carrier will eradicate a large part of the risk.
The food you eat may be killing you
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be more prevalent in retail pork products than previously thought, according to a study published in the Public Library of Science’s PLoS ONE in January 2012.
More than six percent of 395 pork samples, taken from 36 grocery stores in Iowa, Minnesota, and New Jersey, were contaminated with MRSA, which is significantly higher than previous studies. More than 64 percent of samples tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus, or staph bacteria. The results also did not show a significant difference in MRSA contamination between conventional meats and alternative, or antibiotic-free meats.
MRSA is a dangerous type of staph bacteria that is carried by less than 2 percent of people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, around 94,000 people developed their first serious MRSA infection and of that population 19,000 people died. Peer reviewed journals estimate that around 86 percent of these infections are health-care associated and 14 percent are community associated. Though MRSA has been found in food products in previous studies, CDC has never linked a MRSA infection to eating a contaminated food product.
Food Poisoning at the supermarket?
S. aureus, carried by around a third of the population, is estimated to cause around 185,000 cases of foodborne illnesses annually. The bacteria can also cause serious blood, skin and lung infections.
According to one of the study’s authors Tara Smith, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, the molecular typing from the samples doesn’t point to a clear source of contamination.
“In the simplest analysis of these findings, these molecular types (a combination of “human” and “pig” strains) suggests that MRSA on raw pork products may be coming both from farms and from food handlers,” said Smith. “However, in real life, it’s not quite so straightforward … the source of contamination and relative contributions of live pigs versus human meat handlers currently isn’t certain.”
Of the MRSA strains found, nearly 77 percent were resistant to two or more antibiotics and 38 percent were resistant to three or more antibiotics.
Researchers note that finding a certain livestock strain of MRSA, MRSA ST398, in farm environments is of concern, in part because of the strain’s potential to transfer from animals to humans, via the food supply.
“In North America, MRSA ST398 has been detected in pigs and farmers in Canada and the United States (U.S.), and human ST398 infections have been demonstrated in Canada,” notes the study. “As not all patients diagnosed with ST398 infections had known contact with livestock, the possibility of acquisition of ST398 via handling of contaminated pork products was suggested.”
The majority of pork samples testing positive for S. aureus also raises questions about what other pathogens might be present, according to Smith.
“[The study] suggests that we need processing plants and packing companies to work with us to determine where products are being contaminated–because while there may be arguments about the public health importance of MRSA on meats (or lack thereof), it’s very likely that if S. aureus are ending up on meat products, other pathogens are as well,” said Smith.
Smith’s recommendation?“Don’t assume that any meat product is contamination-free, and always use good food handling/cooking practices when dealing with raw meats.”