Have Mercy, MRSA

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In honor of Jackie Nelson, my first "full-title" sales manager at Chicago Title from when I was in that industry; I want to help get the word out about MRSA and how it’s impacting our local area.  I was deeply saddened to learn that Jackie lost her husband, Don Nelson, to MRSA a few months ago.   Here is Jackie’s interview by KING5 where she says she shares her story about this deadly bacteria.

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a staph infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics; it is treatable if properly diagnosed in time.  Once primarily found in hospitals, MRSA is now showing up at local schools and spreads from close contact with infected people.

Here is a short list of things you can do to help protect yourself from staph infections, such as MRSA (from the King County Health Department):

  • Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently; lather and rub all surfaces of your hands for at least 10 seconds.    Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol can also be used.
  • Do not share personal items (e.g. towels, razors, clothing) with other people.
  • Clean objects and surfaces that are shared (such as athletic equipment, shopping carts) before you use them.
  • Keep cuts and abrasions cleaned and covered until healed.
  • Avoid contact with other peoples wounds or materials that may have contacted the wounds.
  • If you have a staph infection, contact your health provider immediately.

We’ve been discussing MRSA more often to our teens (who are all in sports).  When I told them about how someone I know lost her husband to this bacteria; it really hit home.   

Jackie, my heart goes out to you and your family.   

Comments

  1. Rhonda – I have been thouroughly enjoying your non-mortgage posts lately (your mortgage posts too). You write with such a interesting and personal style…wish I had that same gift.

  2. Tony, YOU inspire me! I really enjoy your writing style and content. I did notice that I have several “non mortgage” post…these topics are just what’s been happening lately. 🙂

  3. Rhonda,

    The link to the interview is not working. It looks like the TV station changed the webpage.

    There is more information available in this free MRSA Staph Guide at http://MRSAstaph.org

  4. Dr. Anothony Newsome a bioligist at Middle Tennessee State University has done research on MRSA on athletic equipment and successfully removed the staph with a technology developed by ICA Tri Nova in Newnan, GA. If you google ICA Tri Nova you will find additional information.

  5. Thanks, Don. I’m using the alcohol wipes at the grocery stores…I never used to. Now I am.

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