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Spread of MRSA infections cut dramatically thanks to Veteran Affairs

April 15, 2011
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SALISBURY, MD — Since October 2007, Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals have been aggressively combating the MRSA infection, reported the Salisbury Post.

Since the initiative began in 2007, the cases of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has decreased by roughly 60 percent, the article reported.

When patients are admitted into the hospitals, they are immediately tested for the infection, and if there is a colony present, they are treated with extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of said infection, according to the article.

"It''s a truly preventable infection," said Dr. Charles de Comarmond, head of the infectious disease department at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA medical center.

"Our motto is, ''One infection is one too many,''" Hefner added.

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