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Pennsylvania Health Department Offers Measures to Reduce Spread of Drug-Resistant Staph Known as 'MRSA'
Date:9/30/2008

s to see a doctor because, if untreated, MRSA can lead to more serious infections.

The spread of community-associated MRSA can be minimized by taking these precautions:

-- Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and warm water or

using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;

-- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until they are

healed;

-- Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages;

-- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, or clothing; and

-- Routinely disinfect commonly used items like athletic equipment.

Governor Edward G. Rendell's "Prescription for Pennsylvania" health care reform initiative established Pennsylvania as a national leader in the effort to track and prevent MRSA and other infections in health care settings.

The Governor recently signed Act 52, which requires hospitals and nursing homes to report health care associated infections, and for hospitals, nursing homes and ambulatory surgical facilities to implement comprehensive infection control plans to stop its spread. Details are available at http://www.rxforpa.com.

For more information about MRSA, visit http://www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman

(717) 787-1783


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