MRSA, Staph and other infecting bacteria can live on towels, clothing and can contaminate the inside of washing machines. MRSA laundry contamination provides an easy route for the bacteria to spread from person to person, or to re-contaminate a person who was recently infected. Did you know there are simple and inexpensive ways to reduce MRSA on clothing during washing and drying?
If you wear dentures, cleaning them properly could help you prevent an infection from Staph or MRSA in the mouth, or even pneumonia. A few weeks ago, a new study showed that you can kill MRSA and Staph biofilms living on your dentures in three minutes using a common household appliance.
Handle raw meat with proper care. Photo Credit: CDC James Gathany
Last week ScienceDaily.com reported that 47% of supermarket meat samples of beef, chicken, turkey and pork were contaminated with Staph aureus, and of half of those Staph aureus strains were antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria.
DNA testing of the Staph suggests the majority of the Staph contamination originates from the animals and not people. This was the first ever national meat supply assessment looking for Staph aureus, the bacteria responsible for MRSA, and it was published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Disease.
How easily is MRSA transmissible and how do most people catch it?
Is MRSA Contagious? There are plenty of scientific studies showing how contagious MRSA can be. MRSA can be spread through the air and the bacteria can live on surfaces for weeks or even longer. One of the best ways to gauge how is MRSA spreadable comes from real people’s stories about how they caught these infections.
Are common antibacterial soaps worth the risk? (Photo credit: CDC/Dawn Arlotta, Cade Martin)
For years I’ve been a strong supporter of natural soaps, sanitizers and other products that don’t contain antibacterial agents. Now the U.S. FDA and EPA are finally coming to the same conclusion.
The FDA announced recently that it will be looking into the safety concerns of Triclosan, an antibacterial agent commonly found in soaps, sanitizers, toys, clothing, home products and even toothpastes.