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Swine flu + MRSA

October 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dr Manoj Jain, infectious disease expert, spoke today on CNN about patients becoming coninfected with H1 N1 and MRSA.   We know that MRSA is very serious.   And this combination of both is doubly dangerous.  Many of the deaths so far from Swine flu are because of coninfections, many with MRSA.  This doctor went so far as to advise all medical providers to consider that a patient with Swine flu and  high white blood cell counts must be considered to be possibly coninfected and appropriate antibiotics  ( he named Vancomycin) be used right away .

So, if MRSA is a cause of increased complications and/or death in flu patients, why isn’t this word out there for patients.  We all  need to know that flu is not always just a mild disease and self limiting.  We need to know  that if we have flu with difficulty breathing and a persistant high fever that we need to be checked for coinfection.  We need to know that flu alone can kill but coinfections are even more likely to cause grave outcomes.

Why dosn’t CDC educate all of us about this?   I would love to see Dr Jain speak out everywhere and spread the word about this threat.  He spoke bravely today on CNN about how medical providers need to consider coinfecitons with all patients who present with flu and high white blood cell counts.  Is this information wide spread amongst our doctors and other healtcare providers?  If not,  it should be.  We as healthcare consumers and patients and all of our healthcare providers need to know that flu with MRSA (or other bacterial co infections)  can kill.  We all must be aware of the symptoms  and the necessity of early intervention.  The consequences are grave if the diagnosis is too late.

  1. October 28th, 2009 at 10:44 | #1

    To All:
    After reading many posts on battles against MRSA I feel obligated to let people know about a new product that will protect surfaces and linens agaist MRSA and H1N1. The product is called Amerashield/Bioshield 75. Once applied to a clean surface Bioshield 75 will protect that surface for up to 90 days.We all know that we can disinfect but as soon as someone touches that surface it becomes infected again. The same with linens we can wash them and kill MRSA but as soon as someone touches that linen it becomes infected again.My job is to introduce these products to the medicial industry.Yes I sell these products but I fell complelled to take off my salesman hat and notify the world that these products are available and they work.To me it’s not about the money it’s about saving lives.Think about how much safer hospitals and schools would be if they were clean and protected from bacteria.
    I am currently in discussion with Dr Jarvis about writing publications on the test resuls conducted in two major hospitals.I also meet with the CDC ( on MRSA day) to discuss changing the recommended cleaning protocals from disinfect to “Disinfect Then Protect” Anyone wishing to review this product can do so at http://www.amerashield.com or they can contact me at Billabf@aol.com or phone 404-277-7805. I would like everyone to know that by banning together we can and will make hospitals cleaner and safer.
    Best of luck to all.

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