Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA), virulent bug

Giants football player Daniel Fells has a bad MRSA infection of the foot that may have progressed to osteomyelitis (bone infection) and bone infections are hard to treat. .

Talk in this report about amputation, but that is worst case–antibiotics well chosen are usually effective. This case report caught my eye because last year we had an MRSA foot infection case in the jail, acquired at another jail and treated in the hospital before the inmate was transferred to us.

Occasionally MRSA causes pneumonia or systemic infections–very bad news. MRSA used to be seen mostly in nursing home populations, then spread to the community–high rates in athletes, soldiers, colonization rates are influenced by antibiotic usage.

I see cases all the time in the jail, usually starts with the complaint–I got a spider bite–red, tender painful spot. MRSA is a virulent bug indeed.


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