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Hospital to Hold MRSA Briefing for Media and Community Leaders

Dr. James Rahal, Infectious Disease Specialist, also available as Expert Resource

FLUSHING, N.Y., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by New York Hospital Queens:

WHAT: A special briefing on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus

aureus(MRSA) is scheduled for media and community leaders.

James Rahal, M.D., and a team of infectious disease

specialists from New York Hospital Queens will address the

basis of concern about this infection. They will discuss the

risks, and address the fear caused by recent cases of

community-acquired MRSA infection in the New York area.

During the briefing, the date and location of a community

education program is expected to be announced.

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: New York Hospital Queens 56-45 Main Street, Flushing NY


Lang Auditorium (please leave 15 minutes for access from

parking area)

FYI: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type

of Staph that is resistant to commonly used antibiotics. MRSA

infections occur most frequently among persons in hospitals

and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis

centers) who have weakened immune systems.

MRSA infections that are acquired by healthy persons in the

community who have not been recently (within the past year)

hospitalized or had a medical procedure are known as

Community Acquired-MRSA infections (CA-MRSA). These CA-MRSA

infections are usually manifested as skin infections, such as

pimples, boils, or abscesses; and rarely, pneumonia. For

background on healthcare and community-acquired infections,

as well as infection control guidance, including in school

settings, go to

NYHQ conducts ongoing surveillance for infectious diseases,

as well as targeted research. An original article based upon

a multi-year investigation into the impact on MRSA is being

published in the November issue of the journal Infection

Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CONTACT: Cynthia Bacon

(718) 670-2515

SOURCE New York Hospital Queens
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