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Just wanted to pass this along. It is an article about MRSA and how it can be passed from humans to animals.
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/n...,7605571.story


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Just wanted to pass this along. It is an article about MRSA and how it can be passed from humans to animals.
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/n...,7605571.story
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SOME PRECAUTIONS

Don't kiss your pet

Don't let your pet lick you in the face


You've got to be kidding! How can you not do these things? I guess I'll just have to have antibacterial wipes handy because I'm sure not giving this up.

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I have always wondered about this. Both my sons had MRSA staph infections. My oldest lost part of his finger due to it, and his leg cut open with a 3 day hospital stay. I talked to the vet about it and although they said that it is highly unlikely we need to do some precuations. Always have the wound covered. Thankfully the pups never got it, and my kids are fine but it is a very alarming infection that is everywhere these days!

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Scary stuff!

There is an outbreak here in my town right now. Several schools have reported it. Does anyone know if it is more prevalent in cats or dogs?

I agree, Jan! It'd be pretty darn hard not to get kisses. Gucci is always trying to lick me too. She gets mad and sulks when I won't let her lick my ear! LOL eek.

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Anyone who suspects that they might be a carrier should not let their dogs lick their faces. Both my boys were colonized with MRSA in their nasal passages. They were fine until they had an eruption every so often. If the dog licked their nose, the dog could certainly get it. We were lucky, after my sons last surgery out Infectious Disease Dr. put him on Massive treatments and both boys are no longer colonized. But if the dogs get it, it could be so deadly. It is a very aggressive infections & spreads very fast!! Just a tip for anyone who has any contact with this. = All you nurses & Drs. please dont jump all over me, I am only stating from personal experience.

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When my father was in the hospital his last time, they told us he tested positive for MRSA. The same thing, no kissing, hugging, etc. and we had to wear masks, gowns and gloves. I didn't really believe he had it, because he was so debilitated, it should have killed him. But it didn't. He never had any of the symptoms they are talking about in the news, but maybe he was just a carrier.


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My understanding is that you can be a carrier, have outbreaks that your body can fight ( like a pimple that looks like a boil). Then that heals but you are still a carrier. My older son just had outbreaks that were deadly and got in to the bone at one point. Once you are on IV meds, you heal a little quicker than with the oral meds. Problem is that not all MRSA strains can be treated with the same antibiotic and it takes a few days for them to do a resistance test. It is very scary when they tell you they dont know if the oral meds will work for a few days!!

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That was the strange thing. My Dad had enphysema(?) and congestive heart failure with pneumonia. That's why he was in the hospital. He also developed a precursor to leukemia. He died 8 mos later, so you know he was in a bad way. I guess all the intravenous meds helped him recover from the MRSA.


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That's ironic.

My dad developed MRSA when he was being treated for throat cancer. He's still alive and in chemo, but I think his immune system was just suppressed/taxed at the time.

My neighbor also had this and it ate up his arm pretty badly. Seems like this is popping up everywhere

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Just wanted to pass this along. It is an article about MRSA and how it can be passed from humans to animals.
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/n...,7605571.story
My daughter had MRSA a few years ago. It was very painful for her and took a long time to diagnose and get the right antibiotic. She had pain under her arm and each day it got worse and worse. There was nothing there to see so the dr's were stumped. Finally after weeks it turned red and you could feel a mass under the skin. I called a friend who is a dr and asked him to come look at her and he's the one who said how large it was. The pocket of infection had wrapped around her muscles and tendons under her arm and he was afraid that if they couldn't get it to drain that they'd have to do surgery and he feared she'd lose part of the mobility of her arm. Back then they didn't think about MRSA. They thought it was a really large boil under the skin.
It wouldn't drain on it's own after days of hot packs so I took her to her doctor and asked him to lance it. She told him no, I told him yes, so he did. LOL this was a gal in her late 20's and the dr still asked Momma.
One poke and we had a flood on our hands. The dr was yelling for me to grab towels and we dealt with it with bare hands. <duh> She got a few more pockets of it in different places so I took her to a different doctor, this time my neighbor. He gave her antibiotics and said all would be fine. It wasn't fine so back to him we went. That's when I demanded a culture and I'M the one who had to do the culture because they didn't take it seriously. Oh boy did everything change when that culture came back. Then they were in gowns and gloves when she went in. They said there were 2 antibiotics that might deal with it...only 2. One was a pill, the other would have to be given by an IV in a hospital. Luckily the pills dealt with it but that poor girl went through months of pain. Several of her friends also had it around the same time.
My husband had a staff infection in his knee in starting last December and he wound up in the hospital for 15 days in January. He had staff, not MRSA. We almost lost him because they couldn't stop it and the infection got up to his thigh. The doctors kept warning me that it could go in his blood stream and then we were in big trouble. Luckily it didn't but it got too close for comfort.
Everything seems to be going nuts in the world. Look at the statistics for your chances of getting an autistic child. It's down to something like 1 in 150 when it used to be one in well over 1000. Children all of a sudden are allergic to peanuts and the numbers are staggering. It's so bad now that scientists are working at taking the allergen out of peanuts. (how the heck do they do that!).
I don't get it. People are more health conscience, so many have stopped smoking, they're eating better and health problems are growing in huge numbers. What the heck changed?

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