Tuesday, October 16, 2007
From a New York Times article...
Nearly 19,000 people died in the United States in 2005 after being infected with a virulent drug-resistant bacterium that has spread rampantly through hospitals and nursing homes, according to the most thorough study to be conducted of the diseaseís prevalence.
Text of the Study (JAMA)The study, which was published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that invasive infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or M.R.S.A., may be twice as common as previously thought, according to its lead author, Dr. R. Monina Klevens. If the mortality estimates are correct, the number of deaths associated with M.R.S.A. each year would exceed those attributed to HIV/AIDS, Parkinsonís disease, emphysema or homicide.
OK. Suppose they are wrong and it wasn't twice as common. It still seems like it wouldn't impact as many people as at least one of the other means of death. Time to start a walk/wristband for drug-resistant bacterium.