MRSA http://kplu.org en Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses http://kplu.org/post/study-finds-mrsa-superbug-lurking-washington-firehouses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159322994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and <a href="http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2814%2900135-7/abstract" target="_blank">new research on firehouses around Washington state </a>has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters’ boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes.</p><p>MRSA is a nasty and sometimes deadly bacterium that’s hard to kill with antibiotics. It’s normally associated with hospitals, nursing homes or prisons, but researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health recently tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They found the bug at 19 of those firehouses. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who’d gotten an infection requiring medical care.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17812 at http://kplu.org Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere http://kplu.org/post/mrsa-study-fire-station-shows-deadly-bacteria-everywhere <p>The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals.&nbsp; A pioneering <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/envhlth/news/profile.php?content_ID=1069">study from the University of Washington</a> shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:28:10 +0000 KPLU News Staff 281 at http://kplu.org MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere