Did you mysteriously get a cold sore for the first time in your late 20’s or 30’s? Ever wonder how you picked up the mouth herpes without kissing a person who had one? It could be you contradicted the herpes virus years earlier while playing a friendly game of beer pong with your college pals. According to a recent Fox News Mobile segment, doctors warned college Spring Breakers about the hazards playing beer pong could have on their health.
Their guest speaker, Dr. Peterson, advised playing beer pong made it more likely to fall sick to the flu, mono, and the herpes virus. The way the game is played promotes the spread of germs. Why is this the case? Continue reading
How can the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government health officials track Superbug outbreaks when hospitals are not required to report antibiotic- resistant bacteria outbreaks? The answer is they can’t. The state of Florida took the first step towards correcting this problem. Rep. Janet Adkins took the lead on this initiative by sponsoring a bill which requires the state health department to maintain and report any type of Superbug outbreak that occurs within the state.
Currently, hospitals and long term care facilities are reluctant to report any Superbug outbreaks for fear of bad press and ruined reputations. But this causes unnecessary risks to other patients’ health. Patients who are scheduled for surgeries are now put at risk if there is an outbreak and it is not reported. These patients if given disclosure of the current outbreak could very easily postpone their operations until the threat is over or schedule their appointments at another facility. If the new bill passed, patients would be given this chance to protect their health and avoid contacting a life-threatening Superbug. Continue reading
U.S. Hospitals and nursing homes in 41 states have reported the spread of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections amongst their patients since the first case was reported back in 2001. CRE are highly adaptive bacteria that can resist all carbapenem antibiotics including the last resort drugs. What is alarming is there is no cure for these types of infections. With no effective antibiotics to fight off the CRE infections, the CRE is killing its victims.
Already it is estimated that 50% of infected persons do not survive from CRE infections. “From the perspective of drug-resistant organisms, (CRE) is the most serious threat, the most serious challenge we face to patient safety,” says Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for prevention of health care-associated infections at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How do people get CRE infections?