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World MRSA Day to fight against denial and inaction

June 22, 2011
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CHICAGO — The methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pandemic continues to be a major public health threat and crisis along with other antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and must become a top political priority worldwide, according to a press release.

World MRSA Day, October 2, and World MRSA Awareness Month is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against MRSA, health care-acquired infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance while increasing awareness, improving education and emphasizing the importance of prevention through active detection and isolation (ADI), the release stated.

According to the release, the 2011 global theme, "The MRSA Epidemic – A Call to Action," brings critical attention to the public health crisis.

"It''s up to all of us to help stop the spread of MRSA worldwide in humans, animals, in the environment and in our food supply," said Jeanine Thomas, founder of World MRSA Day and MRSA Survivors Network.

"So many people still do not know what MRSA is, how it is transmitted, prevented or treated and this includes health care and agricultural workers. We need more compassionate behavior towards people and animals. Many MRSA victims face financial hardships, permanent disability and now some are becoming homeless," Thomas added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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