New Technology-Preventing & Detecting MRSA Before It Hits

By: WJHG-TV Staff Email
By: WJHG-TV Staff Email

A form of Staph Infection resistant to common antibiotics is popping up everywhere from gyms—to pediatric wards, and a company in California may have developed a critical weapon to fight MRSA.

It’s called Methicillin—Resistant Staphylococcus Auereas; it's a big word--for a big problem in hospitals. A study in the journal of the American Medical Association found more than 94,000 people were diagnosed with MRSA in 2005, and it was linked to more than 18,000 deaths.

This technology may help. Cepheid in Sunnyvale developed a way to identify the exact strain of MRSA in just an hour, instead of waiting the usual three or four days.

CEO, Cepheid, John Bishop said, "You can get the results immediately and that will help them get the most appropriate antibiotic."

That means patients get effective treatment fast.

The rapid test also means hospitals learn right away when a patient may be infectious, and put them in isolation, preventing them from spreading MRSA to others.

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  • by JACOB Location: RENSSELAER, NEW YORK on Nov 15, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    THIS IS NO BREAKING NEWS I can detect MRSA in an hour or less also,and I could for years with my equipment. Notce the key WORDING IN THIS ARTICLE..may have developed a critical weapon to fight MRSA..This technology may help. I am currently marketing a product that kills MRSA STAPH, and I have scientific proof. Still hospitals and schools that I present it to whine about their budget. This technology should be passed into legistlation as mandatory to be placed in these facilities. And when it comes to spending,we all know times are tough,but tell me, what is more important than preventing the spread of life threatening infectious desease? I am not allowed to advertize in this posting and when I am done I don't know if anyone will even read it or care. I am just very thankful to God that I have the power to help people. My email address was submitted to CHANNEL 7. It is up to them if they want to share my story and products with you. I sinecerely hope they will. Jacob
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