From Finch93 on twitter:
MRSA airborne and Pets: What You Need to Know http://twrt.me/h8qzz via @LorieAHuston (http://twitter.com/Finch93/statuses/96799725801578497)
There is so much talk about people getting MRSA, what about our pets getting MRSA from us? Did you ever think about MRSA airborne and your pets? I have mentioned before getting MRSA from animals but not giving your animals this deadly bacteria.
How can this be? As I have mentioned many times MRSA airborne is a reality. Many people still would like to believe it is not possible to acquire MRSA from the air you breathe but facts are facts. Where do hospitals check first for MRSA? In the nose! Well how does it get in the nose and why does it stay there. Your nasal passages are usually warm, dark and moist and you are constantly taking air in so would that not indicate MRSA is in the air? There has also been scientific evidence to validate my ongoing claims of MRSA airborne. You will find them as you look through our website.
Most often we do not get MRSA from having it in our nose if we are healthy but if conditions are right you can become ill yourself with this dreaded bacteria or worse yet give it to someone else or your pet.
This article shares with us information about giving our little furry friends MRSA. Be sure to read through it and take the necessary precautions to prevent giving your pet MRSA.
From NowWirral on twitter:
Wirral News Arrowe Park Hospital bans visitors after norovirus outbreak: ARROWE Park Hospital has banned visitor### http://bit#ly/peqdEq #http://twitter.com/NowWirral/statuses/96552563608002560#
Once again Norovirus wreaks havoc in the UK. Apparently patients from a local nursing home brought it to the hospital. Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea that lasts approximately three days therefore one of the main concerns with having Norovirus is maintaining hydration. Most people including the elderly recover well from this dreaded virus.
Norovirus spreads rapidly in closed environments because of close contact with infected individuals and the fact that it is airborne. Vomit and diarrhea droplets are present in the air from the infected individuals and can settle on surfaces easily. Innocent victims touch surfaces where droplets have settled and ingest the germs without knowing and then they become ill. Look at our diagram to see how far pathogens travel.
You don’t have to be on vacation on some nice cruise ship to acquire Norovirus. You can get it in any public setting of assembly if someone around you is infected with it. Oftentimes people pass this off as the “flu” or even food poisoning but in reality it could very well be Norovirus. Norovirus outbreaks are usually discovered if the same groups of people are together for an extended period of time. In these circumstances Norovirus spreads rapidly and medical personnel are able to see a pattern therefore identifying the problem.
Air purification/filtration systems using photocatalytic oxidation could significantly reduce the spread of airborne pathogens along with meticulous cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces and personal hygiene. Regular hand washing should always be everyone’s first line of defense against illness and disease.
Airborne pathogens, what exactly does that include? Bacteria, viruses, and fungi just to name a few! We have written and commented about several articles now that indicate and even have proven many of these pathogens are in the air at one time or another. How many of you are actually convinced? Why is MRSA found in the nose of humans and animals?
Airborne pathogens like C-diff, MRSA, Tuberculosis, Influenza, Measles, Norovirus, and many others can affect our health every day. Fortunately our bodies are designed to fight most pathogens that we inhale on a regular basis. However if our bodies should become weakened by lack of sleep, poor nutrition, an accident, or surgery, we have just opened the door for infection or illness. But don't worry you will possibly have to go to the hospital and be patched up and on your way in no time!
Not so fast people! Oftentimes there are more airborne pathogens in the hospital than outdoors. Why? Most people in the hospital are ill, so the potential for a higher concentration of bacteria, and viruses is elevated. Hospitals do use HEPA filtration; have negative pressure rooms, and possibly air purification with Ultraviolet light and even pull in outside air. They also have trained their staff for proper hand washing hygiene, and janitorial cleaning and proper sanitation of surfaces. If all proper protocol is followed the pathogens can be greatly reduced in the hospital environment.
We still think more can be done but too many professionals and private citizens seem to negate the realization of airborne pathogens. Please share your opinion and thoughts. Read the many articles on our website let us know if we have helped to enlighten your thoughts and ideas about airborne pathogens.
From mrsawatch on twitter:
Prevalence of meticillin-resistant staphylococci among dogs and cats at a veterinary teaching hospital in... http://dlvr.it/bb8Pf
MRSA airborne is more common than many think. Zoonotic infections can be a serious problem. Pets carry many diseases that can affect humans. After just two hours of exposure to MRSA airborne in a veterinary hospital some of the animals tested positive for MRSA.
Airborne bacteria are all around us and oftentimes do not cause any illness or infection. We need bacteria in our environment to help breakdown food in our bodies, and organic matter to nourish growth of plants and continue the cycle of life. The problems occur when a disruptive balance of antibodies, bacteria, viruses, and fungi overtake one or the other. Many people are convinced if they feel ill they need antibiotics to cure them. Too often this is not the case. Antibodies that fight illness are manufactured naturally in human and animal immune systems. Sometimes problems with the immune system occur and we become ill or infected beyond our ability to fight these germs. Antibiotics prescribed in these circumstances can be very helpful.
In the farming industry antibiotics are used to prevent illness in livestock and promote more rapid growth. The use of antibiotics too often causes bacteria like MRSA airborne and viruses to mutate and become more resistant to antibiotics. Caution and restraint needs to be practiced in using antibiotics in both humans and animals so that pathogens such as MRSA airborne do not mutate beyond the ability we have to conquer them.
More effective prevention needs to prevail. Photocatalytic oxidation is the recognized technology that destroys airborne pathogens. Using air purification systems with this technology can significantly reduce the spread of malignant microbes that cause illness and infection.
From id_ezy on twitter:
Coffee and Tea Drinkers Less Likely to Carry MRSA #CME/CE# http://goo#gl/fb/5UBMW #http://twitter.com/id_ezy/statuses/91211079849480192#
MRSA airborne less likely to affect coffee and tea drinkers? I find that a bit of a stretch. This report is not conclusive in their findings. So many people drink coffee each morning you would think this country would be MRSA free if it really kept MRSA airborne at bay. Research has found coffee and tea as a topical application to have some antimicrobial benefits but they really don't know if the vapor from the hot coffee and tea really reduce MRSA airborne in the nasal passages. It seems a very small percentage of patients tested for MRSA airborne in their nasal passages that drank coffee or tea were MRSA free.
MRSA airborne is a real problem in the hospital environment where patients have compromised immune systems. It can also be a problem in schools, gymnasiums, and sports activities where body contact, towel or equipment sharing takes place. Elder care facilities is another dangerous place for the immunologically compromised to get MRSA airborne.
Much care needs to be taken in hospitals and elder care facilities to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria and disease to others. Careful and proper hand washing, sanitation of surfaces and air purification technology, using photocatalytic oxidation can significantly reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.
Coffee and tea might sound like a possible prevention to MRSA airborne in the nasal passages but what about all the possible side effects they have to the rest of the body. Cleaning the air using PCO has been proven to destroy airborne pathogens so let’s get serious and stop playing guessing games. It would be nice that some of the things we like the most or feel we have to have, cure or prevent infection or disease but I don’t think that is going to happen!
From Toronto_Update on twitter:
Progress, problems in C# difficile fight: report http://www#torontoupdate#com/progress-problems-in-c-difficile-fight-report/ #http://twitter.com/Toronto_Update/statuses/91381624515727360#
C-diff continues to be a real problem in Niagara. CTV Toronto reported yesterday that 22 people have died so far from this horrible outbreak of C-diff. The most recent death occurred at Guelph General Hospital just this past weekend the report says. Hospitals have hired new staff to help sanitize and has been encouraged to retain these new employees to insure continued cleaning and sanitizing progress. One of the problems experts have concerns about is individual patient hygiene. Not all patients have private washrooms and this could be a real problem in reducing the spread of this serious bacterium.
Thorough hand washing for staff and patients alike is absolutely essential for keeping germs at bay. Alcohol hand sanitizers do not kill c-diff bacterium. Some clinical areas in these hospitals do not have sinks for hand washing. This is a real concern for the infection control staff. Availability and constant reminders for staff to sanitize and wash hands and surfaces will significantly reduce the spread of C-diff.
C-diff is short for Clostridium difficile. C-diff is an airborne bacterium that can live on surfaces for long periods of time. The dangers of this bacterium in hospitals and eldercare facilities are that it affects those with weakened immune systems. Many patients and elderly are in these facilities to have surgery or recuperate from illness and are prescribed antibiotics to aid in their recovery. Unfortunately most of the antibiotics used for their recovery kill good bacteria in their intestines and leave c-diff bacterium to flourish. Too often long term patients come in contact with C-diff in the air, by hospital staff, or un-sanitized surfaces and the c-diff bacterium take over causing damage to the lining of the intestines, pain and diarrhea. The longer the patient stays in the hospital the greater risk they have of acquiring C-diff. Air purification, along with surface and hand washing and sanitation will significantly reduce the spread of C-diff.
Hand Hygiene, Environmental Cleaning Minimize Spread of MRSA in the ICU: All patients were screened for MRSA on ### http://bit#ly/p4kukp #http://twitter.com/theiriseproject/statuses/88722133794045952#
MRSA airborne is not something many have been willing to talk about much less admit for the past several years but now more and more often the truth about MRSA airborne is coming out.
This article discusses the many ways MRSA can be dispersed and acquired in the ICU by patients. It also discusses the many ways in which to prevent spreading it to other patients.
It is true that direct contact with an infected person, or contact with bandages, towels, or surfaces that are contaminated with MRSA can result in the transmission of this potentially deadly bacteria but why have they not discussed the airborne route very often? If staff is checking the nasal passages for MRSA in patients wouldn't that be a huge indication MRSA is in the air?
Let's face it MRSA airborne does exist and has for centuries. It is everywhere and most people have it in their nasal passages at some point and it does not always affect them. Bacteria in many varieties are all around us and have their usefulness in the cycle of life. If we are healthy our bodies do not react to these pathogens. For example bacteria in our intestines are what help break down our food so our bodies can use it for energy.
Hospitals and nursing care facilities are filled with patients that are immunologically compromised. MRSA airborne in these environments is very dangerous for patients. It is absolutely necessary to make the indoor environment in hospitals and elder care facilities as clean as possible. Staff, surfaces, and the air should always be pristine in facilities that are caring for the sick and elderly. Filtered air is good but purified air is best.
Learn more about photocatalytic oxidation and how it purifies the indoor air in our website.
Norovirus continues to be a problem with vacation destinations. Cruise ships, hotels, and other places of assembly seem to be a real problem for people on vacation. This is not the way I want to spend my vacation. Much planning, time, and money go into vacations whether for yourself or the entire family and having it ruined by illness can be very discouraging.
Norovirus, is a very real illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Most often it lasts just a few days but is highly contagious. It is often passed from person to person, through food handlers that have not washed their hands properly, contact with contaminated surfaces, and inhalation of norovirus droplets. Most people recover in a short period of time but those with compromised immune systems could be at risk for a more lengthy illness or complications.
The Majestic Templestowe Hotel will be closed for a week for cleaning because 30 people were victims to the suspected Norovirus in recent weeks. Apparently this is not the first time this hotel has had problems with illness outbreaks, the article states. Irwin Mitchell illness experts, fear the closing and opening and reclosing of the hotel indicates lack of eradication of possible Norovirus pathogens the first time. Proper cleaning and sanitation of surfaces, hand washing, and air purification are essential if the dreaded Norovirus is to be eradicated in indoor environments. Many viruses cannot be filtered out of the air and must be eliminated by using photocatalytic oxidation. Studies have shown photocatalytic oxidation does destroy airborne pathogens. Learn about this technology and understand why it works. The ZandairTM website has a lot of information to aid you in this learning process. We hope you find this information useful in deciding how important air purification is in the indoor air environment.
From latestreport77 on twitter:
latest-report#com: C# difficile kills 16 in Niagara Region http://latest-report#com/health/c-difficile-kills-16-in-niagara-region/ #http://twitter.com/latestreport77/statuses/88170314185457665#
C-diff seems to have become a major concern recently in Regional Niagara. Up to 12 million visitors come to this part of Canada each year. The Regional Municipality of Niagara is well known for its winemaking agriculture industry and not for C-diff until recently. Three hospitals in the Regional Municipality of Niagara have reported the 10th death in the past two weeks which were linked to C-diff. The most recent death was reported from St. Catharine’s General. The total number of deaths related in this recent C-diff outbreak in Canada is 16.
C-diff is way too common in hospitals and long term care facilities. The term “C-diff “is short for Clostridium difficile. C-diff is a spore producing bacterium that manufactures toxins causing diarrhea and damages the lining of the colon. C-diff is found in the gut of a very small number of adults and causes them no harm.
People in hospitals and nursing homes are often given antibiotics to help them overcome many different illnesses. Antibiotics can interfere with normal bacteria found in the bowels. Loss of good bacteria that the body uses to digest food can allow other antibiotic resistant bacteria to flourish. These patients can ingest C-diff spores (which are airborne) and because their normal intestinal flora has been compromised by the antibiotics, the C-diff bacteria (which are resistant to antibiotics they have been given) take over causing diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and damage to the intestinal lining.
Use of alcohol based hand sanitizers does not kill C-diff. Frequent hand washing, surface cleaning using 10% solution of bleach in water, and air purification using photocatalytic oxidation can significantly reduce the spread of C-diff bacteria.