Wednesday, October 17, 2007

High school student dies of antibiotic-resistant staph infection

Why are so many microbes becomes drug and chemical resistant?

Because we use antibiotics and antiseptics too casually. The strongest bugs survive, and the drugs and chemicals won't work against them the next time they cause trouble.

Farmers know this. So do doctors. The best solution? We should use our immune systems to fight infections whenever possible, and save the drugs and chemicals for the most serious illnesses.

Kudos to the schools who are being open and honest about this, and giving the public the information it deserves.

October 17, 2007
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 17 — A high school student hospitalized for more than a week with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection died on Monday, as schools across the country were reporting outbreaks of staph infections, including the antibiotic-resistant strain.

The student, Ashton Bonds, 17, was a senior at Staunton River High School in Moneta, Va., and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was diagnosed in him, his mother said.

Officials shut down all 22 schools in Bedford County for cleaning today in an effort to keep the illness from spreading, after students at Staunton River organized a protest overnight Monday, using text messages and social networking sites. On Tuesday, the student organizers led the Bedford County schools superintendent, James Blevins, on a tour of the Staunton River school to show him the state of its sanitation, particularly in its locker rooms...

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