Is MRSA really more common in schools? Probably not, since schools are the only folks who report MRSA infections or who are really try to "do something about it," using the parlance of a widespread public panic. Senator Schumer wants to start reporting MRSA. I hope he appreciates the cost of culturing every skin lesion larger than a pimple on a teenager's backside. (I spend a fair amount of time complaining about the quality of Republican and conservative logic and rhetoric, but here we have a perfect example of hair-brained ideas from the other end of the political spectrum.)
Another example is of a politician in Philadelphia who is dedicated to raising awareness about MRSA. This makes me wonder about resistant strep which will kill many more people if it gets loose. How about VRE, anybody? Maybe we should raise money for research the way we do for highways: “This bacterium adopted by the Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie.” You’d think that someone running for Philadelphia city council would be a little more concerned that murder could be a leading cause of death in certain sub-populations in parts of the city.
Although the NYT published an article that compared the risk of MRSA to other rare events (TOH, Kevin, MD) and people with the authority of Dr. RW, medpundit, Dr. Anonymous and the CDC keep offering updates the panic apparently continues, fanned by political rhetoric. (Yes, I have also previously written something on MRSA, but far be it for me to draw undue attention to myself...)
I don't know, maybe it's about the lawsuits. Maybe it's about TV ratings? All I know is that it is not about how many people are dying from MRSA. Here is a report that most people who die from MRSA are sufficiently ill to be dying of other causes anyway.
What are we doing about MRSA? Exactly what we should be. Additional ideas are welcome as long as they are not coming from tabloids, bad TV news shows and irresponsible senators.