While some reductions in the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) have been reported in the past couple of years, MRSA remains a serious public health threat and is increasingly is being found outside the hospital environment.
Although the true burden is likely higher, in 2008 the ABCs (Active Bacterial Core Surveillance) report estimated that MRSA was responsible for nearly 90,000 serious infections and more than 15,000 deaths in the United States each year.
In 2009, Jeanine Thomas - who created the MRSA Survivors Network - pushed for the creation of World MRSA Day, and this year that observance is set for October 1st.
This year, the global theme is "The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action.", and the kickoff event will be live-streamed from Loyola University on the internet tomorrow morning.
CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The third annual World MRSA Day kickoff event and Global MRSA Summit at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois on October 1, 2011 will broadcast live via web stream starting at 10:30 a.m. central time and can be viewed at www.worldmrsaday.org and www.MRSAsurvivors.org . The event is open to the public, free of charge and entire families are encouraged to attend.
More details are available from the World MRSA Day website, including a couple of video PSAs, and link to the webcast.
World MRSA Day Webcast
For more on MRSA, and many other antibiotic-resistant threats, you can do no better than to visit Maryn McKenna’s terrific Superbug Blog, and to read her book Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA . . . which recently won this year’s NASW Science in Society Journalism Award.
You’ll find my review of her book HERE.