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Opinion-MRSA calls for greater attention

Opinion-MRSA calls for greater attention

staphnoworryA new health epidemic is sweeping this nation.

That epidemic is far more deadly than any disease a person might be able to name off the top of his head.
It’s far more deadly than even the AIDS virus.

This form of staph infection, known as MRSA, is spreading in part because many people do not understand the severity of the problem.

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and is often mistaken for something else by those in the medical field.

Everyone realizes the tough job doctors and medical professionals have, but they are failing to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to this so-called “super bug.”

With this latest form of staph infection being resistant to most forms of common antibiotics, the pressure falls on those in the medical community to stop its spread.

With today’s technology, finding new forms of medicine that are strong enough to fight off this infection shouldn’t be that much of a problem.

Those charged with taking care of the health of millions of Americans need to wise up to the MRSA epidemic and figure out how to stop it, thus saving their patients months, and even years, of undue pain and suffering.

Many cases of MRSA have gone undiagnosed, in some cases, for months or years at a time.

In most of those cases, the repercussions were catastrophic for those not properly cared for.

It is frankly startling how uninformed most of America’s health pros are when it comes to this infection.

Sending somebody home with a bottle full of medicine after barely looking at an infected sore and calling it an in-grown hair are things that simply should not be acceptable in the health care field.

Neither should constantly treating ear pain by putting tubes in someone’s ears.

More well-known diseases, such as the AIDS virus and cancer, are treated with the caution and care that those known killer illnesses need and deserve.

What many in this country probably do not know is that staph infections, and in particular MRSA, are quickly becoming just as deadly as other diseases.

Thanks in part to the inability and, in some cases, ineptitude of doctors and nurses, the epidemic is spreading to out-of-control heights.

The ability to render this infection powerless falls on those same doctors and nurses, who clearly aren’t doing enough to identify the warning signs of this growing killer.

Now that the information on this rapidly growing ailment is out there, medical personnel must stop dispensing the same ill-informed opinion, take the time to educate themselves on it and devise a strategy against it before it spreads any further.

Someone once uttered the phrase “ignorance is bliss.”

When it comes to the lives and well being of Americans everywhere, ignorance could be a killer that’s lurking just around the corner.

Its name is MRSA, and the time to stop it is now, before it is too late.

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