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Although MRSA is very scary I think you may be confused about it a bit. A large percentage of the population (I've read 60-80%) are carriers of MRSA.
Kate, Wife to DH and Mommy to a 5yo lovin' DS; three angels 4/08 9/08 3/10 in Heaven,
waitin' for my baby
According to the CDC website about 1% are colonized with MRSA and 20-30%with staph.
The "nurse" is acting hysterically.
Many people are carriers of MRSA. If you are a carrier (and yes, you can find out by a nasal swab, we culture all of our MICU patients when they enter the units and if they stay longer than 48 hours, we culture them at discharge to the floor) what's important is that you are diligent about hand washing, using bleach with towels and other shared linens, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen on a regular basis, and if you are around someone who is immunocompromised, wear a mask to protect them. But otherwise, live life normally.
It is possible to eradicate MRSA but it can take years, and frankly, so many people are colonized now, without even knowing it, I don;t see the point. I live my life assuming I am colonized, because of the nature of my work.
Nine kids and four , living and learning all the time