It is getting hard to figure out what to panic about first: Lead in lipstick? Cough medicines for kids? The statin surge among adolescents? How about MRSA in the boysroom? Can anyone guess which is associated with more deaths: MRSA or influenza? The answer is (b) influenza with 36000 deaths a year with another 11000 deaths linked to respiratory infections linked to flu as well. MRSA, 85-90 percent which are hospital related and found among the elderly who are immunocompromised is linked to about 17000 deaths. Handwashing anyone?
Get your Halloween chills the old fashion way. In the meantime read CMPI Sr. Fellow Mark Siegel's calming piece on MRSA in today's NY Post. It's before the article on Joe Girardi. http://www.nypost.com/seven/10312007/postopinion/opedcolumnists/rx_for_the_superbug.htm