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Consumer Reports: Potentially Deadly Staph Infections are Ubiquitous

Monday, 26 September 2005 12:00 AM

Drug-resistant staphylococcus infections are becoming more frequent in the general population, according to a disturbing report in the October issue of Consumer Reports.

Resistant strains of the difficult and sometimes deadly bacteria are escaping from hospitals and striking young, healthy people through contact with infected skin, clothing, towels, and other personal items.

There are no national figures on prevalence of drug-resistant staph infections, but a recent study of nearly 2,000 cases in three different states found that about 20% developed outside of health-care settings.

Dozens of infections have been reported in high school and college sports teams. Even the pros are not immune - five St Louis Rams football players were reportedly infected.

Besides athletes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found clusters of infections in prisons, day-care centers, the military, and other groups.

Drug-resistant staph infections often begin on the skin and appear to be spider bites, although boils and abscesses can develop. When diagnosed early the problem can be treated with specialized antibiotics and drainage of the area.

However, if the infection is diagnosed late or treated with ineffective medications, it can lead to severe blood and lung infections.

What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones? The experts recommend these steps:

* Make sure your children and their coaches know that towels and equipment must never be shared.* Thoroughly clean and cover sports injuries. * See your doctor quickly if boils or other skin infections worsen or are accompanied by fever. * Insist that all health care providers wash their hands before they touch you. * When choosing a hospital or nursing home, be sure it has strong measures for controlling infections.

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