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'Superbug' Could Be Living In Your House

 
'Superbug' Could Be Living In Your House
Posted Thursday, April 24th 2014 @ 4am  by KTRH’s Cliff Saunders

We’ve all heard about the super bug called ‘MRSA.’ We normally associate it with hospitals and locker rooms of gyms, high school, college and professional sports. But a new report suggests there’s another place you want to be careful about.

Your own home.

A new study suggests that the infection could find a place in your house. It could be as simple as someone coming home from a hospital or the gym with the infection. Some people are carriers.  Dr. Luis Ostrosky is a professor of infectious disease at the UT Health Medical School and told KTRH he wasn't surprised at all to see this.

“We see it all the time. We typically see it in people with chronic disease,” Ostrosky said.

Ostrosky says it’s all about the way the infection spreads.

“There is community acquisition and transmission of MRSA. It really wasn’t too shocking to me to find it in people’s houses,” Ostrosky explained.

KTRH medical expert Dr. Joe Galati says even though more research needs to be done, the threat is real. So what can you do?

“Good hand washing will be the first line of protection. Towels, blankets and sheets are all going to have to be washed. You also want to be careful with any bandages that are associated with the infection,” Galati said.

Most MRSA infections start as skin infections and can be spread by physical contact.

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