MRSA--How Dangerous is the "Superbug"?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, and Tara Parker-Pope, reporter for the New York Times, explain how infectious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is and how it's transmitted.


Tara Parker-Pope and Dr. Priya Sampathkumar

Comments [9]

Joe Wilson from TN

There is a lot more to solving the MRSA problem than just washing hands and clothing, although that would be a great start!

Get a free report that provides information on how to protect your child at

Oct. 30 2007 07:53 PM
genji siraisi from NYC

So, if someone can carry the infection in their nose and can essentially be a carrier who is unharmed by it....How can one find out if they have it? Are there any symptoms? Can it be cured?

Oct. 30 2007 02:11 AM
James Pate from Little Rock, Arkansas

PLEASE, PLEASE help us get this info out to people.

"Saveing limbs & lives"
Thank you so much
GOD bless

Oct. 29 2007 06:55 PM
ch from NJ

Does this study on Vitamin D treatment of TB suggest that deficiency of Vitamin D is related to susceptibility to MRSA?

Oct. 29 2007 11:58 AM
Libby K. from Upper West Side

Are manicure parlors breeding grounds for MRSA?

Oct. 29 2007 11:55 AM
ch from NJ

here's a picture of a mrsa infection

Oct. 29 2007 11:53 AM
Ron from Upper Eastside

Yes! Please, Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare workers: STOP wearing SCRUBS on Subways! It's so irresponsible.

The other concern I have is restaurant employees. I saw two Chefs on the Subway yesterday, wearing their aprons and kitchen attire! Who knows what they're picking up and spreading!

Oct. 29 2007 11:52 AM
Susan from new jersey

I recently asked the manager of my health club how often they washed the yoga mats in light of the MRSA scare.....he said that they are washed maybe once every two months....(I'll be bringing my own mat from now on....)

THEN he causually mentioned that one of the assistant managers is currently in the hospital with a MRSA infection!!

YIKES!! I really don't think that we are gettting the straight scoop on this...

Oct. 29 2007 11:41 AM

I heard a report on this somewhere else. Apparently it's the medical profession that's largely to blame. For example, a majority of docs admitted to not changing their white coats more than once/week. Other hospital workers wear their uniforms on the subway, picking up god knows what. Hopsital operating rooms are notiously dirty. If medical (laughingly-referred-to-as) professionals can't keep clean, what chance do us patients (victims?) have?

Oct. 29 2007 11:38 AM

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