DEATHS INVOLVING MRSA and CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE continue to rise -Health Statistics Quarterly Spring 2007
The number of death certificates in England and Wales that mentioned Staphylococcus aureus infection increased each year from 2001 to 2005 – from 1,211 to 2,083, according to new data published by the Office for National Statistics. The percentage of these deaths where staphylococcus aureas was specified as methicillin resistant (MRSA) rose from 61 per cent in 2001 to 78 per cent in 2005.
The mortality rate from MRSA and closely related infections is now double the mortality rate of cervical cancer in the UK
Staphylococcus Aureus Hides
Out In Cells
"A major cause of human and animal infections, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria may evade the immune system's defences and dodge antibiotics by climbing into our cells and then lying low to avoid detection. New research shows how S. aureus makes itself at home in human lung cells for up to two weeks. The bacteria can generate relapsing infections even years after the first episode was apparently cured. S.aureus intracellular survival appears related to its capability to adopt a discrete behaviour instead of actively duplicating. S. aureus then benefits from natural or programmed cell death to re-emerge and trigger another episode of infection, leading to chronicity."
There are higher risk groups for contracting NF; however, a person does not need any predisposing conditions to be prone to developing necrotizing fasciitis. It can happen to anyone...young, old, adult, child, any race, any size, healthy or not. No one is out of danger. You do not need to be immunodepressed to get this. The name "flesh-eating-bacteria" is a little sensational, but essentially, this is what the bacteria appear to do. It gets into the body, quickly reproduces, and gives off toxins and enzymes that destroy the soft tissue and fascia, which quickly becomes gangrenous (dead). This gangrenous tissue must be surgically removed to save the life of the patient. The bacteria stealthily hide from the body's innate immune system, allowing it to spread rapidly along tissue planes. NF causes excruciating pain, dangerously low blood pressure, confusion, high fever, and severe dehydration due to the toxins poisoning the body. Unfortunately, NF sometimes occurs beneath the skin with little evidence to explain the victim's symptoms. This results in a great many cases of misdiagnosis.