Updated December 16,
Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research & Development
Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Consortium Graduate Studies
Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
- METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA)
8 December 2003:
Press, Health Experts Closely Monitor Flu in Children:
The Centers for
and Prevention says it is particularly concerned about a staph
that is resistant to
common drugs. One
with the influenza branch of CDC says some children have died from the
staph infections, a phenomenon the CDC has not seen before.
have always been dire: pneumonia, kidney and heart failure -- and
brain damage. But this year young flu patients have swamped hospitals
some states, and surprised doctors with the severity of their
Flu and its complications are the sixth leading cause of death
among children age four and younger.
of practice guidelines for the management of community-acquired
in immunocompetent adults: Infectious Diseases Society of America,
Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2003;37:1405-1433. See also: New
guidelines give specifics for pneumonia care, American Medical
News, Dec. 22/29, 2003.
and VRE: Preventing Patient-to-Patient Spread:
Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin- resistant Enterococcus are two of
the most important antibiotic-resistant organisms that cause nosocomial
infections. Rates of resistance among these organisms have increased
over the last decade. The reservoir for transmission consists of
and infected patients, many of whom have gone unidentified in US
because cultures were never requested for them. Appropriate use of
hand hygiene, and decontamination of the environment and equipment are
recognized steps to reduce the spread of resistant organisms. Use of
cultures and contact precautions are also very effective ways to
nosocomial spread of these organisms. Salgado, Farr, Infect Med
staph infection deadly: Theresa Lannetti wasn't worried after the
call from her son, Ricky, a senior at Lycoming College. "He told
me he had a virus, probably a 24-hour thing," she said, recalling the
2 conversation. It was Ricky's second call three days later - at 4 a.m.
- that made Lannetti immediately drive 180 miles from her Philadelphia
home to the small Central Pennsylvania college. 12/16/2003.
player's autopsy shows he died of staph infection: WILLIAMSPORT,
(AP) — An autopsy conducted Monday on a Lycoming football player shows
he died of a staph infection, four days after the onset of flu-like
Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said. Ricky Lannetti,
a 21-year-old senior from Philadelphia, died Saturday evening at
Hospital, about 12 hours after he was admitted. 12/8/2003.
Biodefense and Epidemiological Tracking.
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