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Reports: Drug-resistant staph may emerge as deadly 'superbug' -

There are 54 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 16, 2007, titled Reports: Drug-resistant staph may emerge as deadly 'superbug' -. In it, Newsday reports that:

A drug-resistant form of staph has become so prevalent it may cause more deaths than those attributed to HIV, and upstate doctors have identified a "superbug" linked to pediatric ear infections that repels all ...

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Southbound

East Hampton, NY

#1 Oct 16, 2007
Redirect AIDS money to find a cure. Here's a disease you actually contract innocently.
Repent

Bridgeport, CT

#2 Oct 16, 2007
The End is Near!!!
Sniffles are not bad

Raleigh, NC

#4 Oct 16, 2007
Because both parents work. As soon as little Johnny snezzes its off to the doc and demand medicine. Because he has to go to school so mommy and daddy can work. Docs need to tell parents to let the kid fight it off.
Daydream Believer

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Oct 16, 2007
Sniffles are not bad wrote:
Because both parents work. As soon as little Johnny snezzes its off to the doc and demand medicine. Because he has to go to school so mommy and daddy can work. Docs need to tell parents to let the kid fight it off.
I completely disagree. Little Johnny gets no medicine and no doctor appointment because mommy and daddy are working...he is shipped off to school anyways to infect the classroom with his nasty germs when he should be fighting it off in bed.
Brian Curry

Picacho, AZ

#6 Oct 16, 2007
I almost died from a staph infection that I did NOT get in a hospital. It was two weeks of pain & terror. My wife was told twice that I would not make the night and I woke up once to see a priest giving me last rites. I had chest tubes, oxygen etc...

Once released from the hospital, I had to wear a 24 hour a day IV bottle in a fanny pack through a port in my neck. I was out of work for 6 months.

My point? My staph was NOT drug resistan. If that's what happened to me .... watch out for MRSA !
Super Bad

Manorville, NY

#9 Oct 17, 2007
Last year I had bronchitis and Strep at the same time. Im in sales and was buring the candle at both ends. I shake too many hands. I was soo sick I couldnt walk. They gave me a super antibiotic. I was sick for a month. I think if they didnt give me the antibiotic, I would have been sick for a month. Same goes for kids stuff. Just let them run thier course, antiotics no longer work.
Mel G

New York, NY

#10 Oct 17, 2007
I have been getting ear infections since I was a little child. I have had several sets of tubes, still to this day, every month or so I end up with a painful ear infection. I have no choice but to take antibiotics & they usually prescribe me to a high dosage to kill the infection because my body has become resistant. No my Mom & Dad did not bring me to the doctor to just get antibiotics so they could go back to work when I was a child. They wanted me to stop crying & feel better. So before anybody criticizes the parents & doctors of children with re-occuring ear infections, really think about what the infected person/child is going through. It is the only solution, my body was never able to fight off a ear infection, maybe a cold, the flu or strep can clear on its own & you would have to just bear it. Yes, there are negative effects of over prescribing antibiotics (resistance), the inner ear is so sensitive, no doctor would let a child " ride it out" especially with fluid in the ear. There are also risks of a hole forming in the eardrum----leading to much more serious problems. Do the research before you critisize a working parent for bringing their child to the doctor for antibiotics.......
dan

Scarsdale, NY

#11 Oct 17, 2007
Forget about terriorists. This bug can potentially kill millions. This is a result of improper use by patients of antibiotics. These bacteria can and will adapt to anything to survive,and in the process eat us alive while we have no defense.
Rae

Northbrook, IL

#13 Oct 17, 2007
My question is, even if we individually avoid overuse of antiobotics, will it make a difference if the strain of staph is resistent to the medication?
Biologist

New York, NY

#14 Oct 17, 2007
Evolutionary arms races are inevitable--when we come up with new weapons, the bugs evolve new ways around them. This is one of the reasons why everyone, especially doctors and patients, need to know how evolution works.

for example, in answer to Rae's question, yes, when we all stop using a particular antibiotic, the population of bacteria evolves again and becomes sensitive to that antibiotic again. That's why AIDS patients rotate through different drug treatments, to keep their own viruses on the run.
cracker

Katonah, NY

#15 Oct 17, 2007
Hater wrote:
I can only hope and pray that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jerkson get this bug.
If that happens, who will blackmail the business community? Couldn't hapeen to a more deserving pair. Of course, if it does, it will be claimed that the bug was invented by whites to attack them and their followers.
cracker

Katonah, NY

#16 Oct 17, 2007
happen
Doug

Vero Beach, FL

#17 Oct 17, 2007
New green cleaner just received EPA approval to kill MRSA in schools, offices, hospitals, and personal households. See their website at http://www.vitaloxide.com
Greg Gregory

Vallejo, CA

#18 Oct 17, 2007
Keeping the bugs away

Precautions you can take against superbugs

The CDC missed one according to Michael Savage on his radio broadcast today: Avoid contact at school, hospitals, or restaurants with illegals from third-world countries who have this disease or incurable TB.
LINKTV ORG

Pearl River, NY

#19 Oct 17, 2007
Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax Set Free
http://tinyurl.com/7nzsn
Dec 27, 2005
Why is it not bigger news that those infamous Iraqi female scientists once routinely referred to in the media as “Dr. Germ” and “Mrs. Anthrax” have been quietly released from imprisonment in Iraq without any charges being brought by their U.S. captors? Don’t the newspapers and TV networks that all but pre-convicted them of crimes against humanity owe them—and us—the courtesy of an explanation for the sudden presumption of their innocence?

After all, it was to stop these mad leaders of Saddam Hussein’s allegedly booming weapons-of-mass-destruction programs that the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. We were told at the time by the White House that the U.N. inspectors scouring the country were being blocked by lying officials and scientists, themselves complicit in breaking U.N. sanctions, and so we wouldn’t get the truth until we could interrogate them as prisoners.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/12282005_...
LINKTV ORG

Pearl River, NY

#20 Oct 17, 2007
Rumsfeld 'offered help to Saddam'
Declassified papers leave the White House hawk exposed over his role during the Iran-Iraq war
http://tinyurl.com/2wnlp
December 31, 2002
The Reagan administration and its special Middle East envoy, Donald Rumsfeld, did little to stop Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s, even though they knew Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons "almost daily" against Iran, it was reported yesterday.
US support for Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq war as a bulwark against Shi'ite militancy has been well known for some time, but using declassified government documents, the Washington Post provided new details yesterday about Mr Rumsfeld's role, and about the extent of the Reagan administration's knowledge of the use of chemical weapons.
The details will embarrass Mr Rumsfeld, who as defence secretary in the Bush administration is one of the leading hawks on Iraq, frequently denouncing it for its past use of such weapons.
The US provided less conventional military equipment than British or German companies but it did allow the export of biological agents, including anthrax; vital ingredients for chemical weapons; and cluster bombs sold by a CIA front organisation in Chile, the report says.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,8...
LINKTV ORG

Pearl River, NY

#21 Oct 17, 2007
Tomgram: The Forgotten Anthrax Attacks of 2001
http://tinyurl.com/c33yw
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml...
LINKTV ORG

Pearl River, NY

#22 Oct 17, 2007
U.S. And Iraq Go Way Back
Report: Documents Show Cozy Relationship During Iran-Iraq War
http://tinyurl.com/zdz2
Dec. 31, 2002
(CBS) Newly released documents show that U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, played a leading role in building up Iraq's military in the 1980s when Iraq was using chemical weapons, a newspaper reports.

It was Rumsfeld, now defense secretary and then a special presidential envoy, whose December 1983 meeting with Saddam Hussein led to the normalization of ties between Washington and Baghdad, according to the Washington Post.

The cozy relationship was an effort to build a regional bulwark against America's enemies in Iran.

The newspaper says a review of a large tranche of government documents reveals that the administrations of President Reagan and the first President Bush both authorized providing Iraq with intelligence and logistical support, and okayed the sale of dual use items — those with military and civilian applications — that included chemicals and germs, even anthrax and bubonic plague.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/12/31/wor...
I have it- MRSA

Chicago, IL

#23 Oct 18, 2007
MRSA has become an epidemic in my small community. I am still being treated for my second MRSA infection. Treatable, not curable. I will always have to be prepared for the next outbreak. My doctor says usually 3-6 months. I have been on Bactrim since August along with putting Bactroban ointment up into my nose. The only way of diagnosis is to culture the drainage of the sore. Normally a physician will not do this but because of where I work- I insisted & whala- there you have it. Then they have to grow it to figure out exactly what antibiotics to treat it with & by the time the next outbreak- it will have already grown a resistance to the antibiotics used prior. Very scary stuff. It can be transmitted thru just about anything. The next time you are pushing a grocery cart- think about who's hands might have been there before. Door knobs, hand rails, high chairs etc.
Pete

Highland, NY

#24 Oct 18, 2007
Brian Curry wrote:
I almost died from a staph infection that I did NOT get in a hospital. It was two weeks of pain & terror. My wife was told twice that I would not make the night and I woke up once to see a priest giving me last rites. I had chest tubes, oxygen etc...
Once released from the hospital, I had to wear a 24 hour a day IV bottle in a fanny pack through a port in my neck. I was out of work for 6 months.
My point? My staph was NOT drug resistan. If that's what happened to me .... watch out for MRSA !
"My wife was told twice that I would not make the night and I woke up once to see a priest giving me last rites. I had chest tubes, oxygen etc..."

That's like something out of a bad Mel Brooks movie. I'm sure that was reassuring to you.

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