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Controlling MRSA is everyone’s responsibility. Released from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Friday 4th April 2008.

Referring to the recently-voiced concerns about the effectiveness of the current UK hospital ‘deep cleaning” programme’, Dr. Jodi Lindsay, an expert in infectious diseases, told the BBC on Sat 28 March, The reason the deep cleaning programme is not going to work is that MRSA is carried by people and as soon as you deep clean a hospital, if you let people back into it again, you&;re going to have the same MRSA problem.” This means that if we are to get MRSA under control, we have to stop it circulating in the home and community. If we can reduce the number of people carrying MRSA as part of their normal body flora, we can limit the numbers of “carriers” entering hospital as patients – who then either get an MRSA infection themselves, or pass it on to other patients. If you go into hospital for surgery, the person you are most likely to get infected from is yourself – from your own normal body flora – so it makes sense to protect yourself and your family from exposure to MRSA so you don’t become carriers.

Author: London School of Hygiene, Tropical Medicine

Download File: MRSAcommunityresponsibility_040408.doc

Published: 04/04/2008

Publication Type: Press release

Publisher: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine