Super Bug Could Be Spreading

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A potentially deadly germ could be spreading in hospitals and nursing homes across the country.

The super bug, known as Staph Infection, could be effecting as many as 30,000 people at one time.

Experts say this is a growing problem across the nation and even possibly around the world.

Washing your hands and wearing protective gear including a mask anytime you come in contact with someone with Staph is key.

Division of Infectious Disease Medical Director in Pueblo, Dr. John Lieberman says, "It can be deadly."

Staph Infections grow on skin and doctors say you'll know if you have it.

Dr. Lieberman says, "They get what they think is a bug bite or a spider bite and it develops into a boil."

The part where it can be deadly is when the elderly or people suffering from an illness contract the infection.

"There's no way to prevent it. It's out in the community", says Dr. Lieberman.

But, he says cases that are treated early are usually successful.

Cases left untreated could spread to the blood stream and can cause a fatal chain reaction.

Hospitals in Southern Colorado are being careful.

Infection Control Nurse Margaret Comstock says, "A patient who has Staph by any identified means, either culture or screening, is put into isolation."

Doctors say there could be a slew of reasons why more people are contracting Staph Infection.

One being, doctors believe people are becoming immune to some anti-biotics used to treat Staph Infection.

"The extensive anti-biotic use in the community also does promote the resistance of bacteria in general", says Dr. Lieberman.

Dr. Lieberman still urges people not to worry.

He says 95% of people given the appropriate anti-biotics are cured.

Experts also say some sort of contact would need to take place in order to catch a Staph Infection.

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