MRSA victims in call for more information

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MRSA victims in call for more information

Link: The Citizens Voice - MRSA cases trigger need for information.

Having experienced firsthand the dangers of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, those who have encountered the deadly bacterium say the community desperately needs to promote awareness. Resurfacing periodically in Luzerne County, MRSA has plagued institutions ranging from school districts to health care facilities. A strain of bacteria commonly found in the nose and on the skin, MRSA is known for its resistance to antibiotics and usually spreads via hand-to-hand contact, open wounds or nasal secretions. It is most often found in hospitals, prisons, contact sports, locker rooms and military settings. Given that MRSA can be lethal in extreme cases, too many people have adopted a casual attitude, said Wilkes-Barre resident Cecilia Leigh, a former nurse’s assistant.