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.