12/03/2008

New e-tool to stop Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
has published a new e-tool on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA
- pronounced: mersa).

Since the mid 1970s, there has been a dramatic increase in the proportion of
Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections) caused by MRSA. MRSA infections are
becoming increasingly common among persons of all ages who previously were
considered to be at low risk for this type of infection. Employers and
employees in a number of different industries have expressed concern about MRSA
infections in the workplace and what they can do about it. MRSA colonization
and/or infections have been reported in healthcare employees and laboratory
personnel, professional athletes, veterinarians, pig farmers, correctional
facility personnel, and among school staff. The information contained in these
pages may help you avoid becoming infected with MRSA while on the job.

This new electronic aid provides information to help stop the spread of MRSA
among employees and others working in healthcare and other industries. Your
local public health agency has information on what your community is doing to
prevent the spread of MRSA.


More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration