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Roche Diagnostics Supports Fight Against MRSA as a Sponsor of Annual World MRSA Day
Date:9/28/2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing work in the prevention and control of serious infections in healthcare settings, Roche Diagnostics is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2nd Annual World MRSA Day, which will commence with a kick-off event at Loyola University in Chicago on October 1, 2010. Organized by the MRSA Survivors Network, the goal of World MRSA Day is to highlight the importance of a comprehensive approach to controlling MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a type of bacterium that is resistant to common antibiotics and can cause serious infections. High rates of infection and mortality and high costs of treatment due to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by MRSA are a critical issue for healthcare facilities worldwide.

"The goal for this event is to raise widespread awareness of the need for greater MRSA prevention, screening, treatment and education," said Jeanine Thomas, MRSA survivor and founder of the MRSA Survivors Network, the organization that started the event. "We also hope to encourage world health organizations and government officials to provide greater resources and leadership toward focusing on the response to the MRSA epidemic and preventing its spread. Through prevention, we can save lives."

The kick-off event will begin with a closed press conference at 10:00 a.m. and then will be opened to the public at 10:30 for a remembrance ceremony.  The main event will follow and include an awards ceremony to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to raising awareness and education about MRSA. The keynote speaker will be world-renowned MRSA expert and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist, William R. Jarvis, M.D.  Dr. Jarvis will also be presented with the "Barry M. Farr Lifetime Achievement Award" during the ceremony.  

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