Ongoing MRSA Epidemic Fueling Antibiotic Resistance

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Drug News
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CHICAGO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/

-- Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), the antibiotic resistant form of Staph, is rampant in U.S. healthcare facilities, in the community, in livestock and in the environment.

"The ongoing MRSA epidemic is

fueling antibiotic resistance globally as antibiotics are used indiscriminately in humans and in livestock," states Jeanine Thomas, founder of MRSA Survivors Network. "Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a current and dangerous public health crisis."  MRSA Survivors Network celebrates their 15th Year Anniversary of helping MRSA patients, families and saving lives. MRSA Survivors Network was the first organization in the U.S. to raise the alarm.

Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that MRSA invasive infection rates are declining in healthcare facilities, the CDC is only tracking invasive MRSA infections and the true number of MRSA infections are vastly being under- reported. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) infection rates are not reported or tracked and are increasing according to many experts and published studies.

The continued lapses in infection control in healthcare facilities is shocking with poor hand hygiene compliance, lack of decontaminating the environment and not routinely screening patients for MRSA. The Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals reported this year in the American Journal of Infection Control a drastic reduction in MRSA infection rates from 2007- 2015 (87% in ICU's and by 80.1% in non-ICU's and 49.4% in long-term care facilities) by screening patients for MRSA. Why does the CDC not routinely recommend this approach when it has been so successful with the VA and many No. European countries have implemented screening patients for MRSA decades ago?

Mr. Brandon Noble – ex-NFL player joins MRSA Survivors Network as Spokesperson

Mr. Brandon Noble, a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers has joined MRSA Survivors Network as their spokesperson to raise awareness and educate the public about MRSA. Brandon acquired MRSA after knee surgery in 2005 with recurring infections and complications, which ended his football career.

9th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & Global C. difficile Summit

The annual awareness event will be held September 30, 2017 at the Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois from 10:30am12:30pm with Dr. William R. Jarvis is Keynote Speaker, Mr. Rob Stafford of NBC5 emceeing along with leading experts presenting and survivors. The event is open to the public with free admission and parking. This annual event is informative for both the public and healthcare industry - all are invited to attend.  World MRSA Day is October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month is October.

Award Ceremony

Lynn and Nancy Utesch, founders of Kewaunee C.A.R.E.S of Wisconsin are "Persons of the Year" and Mr. Rob Stafford of NBC5 Chicago will receive the "Humanitarian award."

Sponsors: NBC5 Chicago, Roche, Melinta Therapeutics, Xenex, Telligen

For information on how you can become a Corporate Sponsor (sponsorships and donations are tax deductible), organize an event, donate, or volunteer contact us at: 630 325-4354,,, and at

Media Contact: Jeanine Thomas 630-325-4354

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SOURCE MRSA Survivors Network

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