Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Recent reports on the prevalence of MRSA, and recent unfortunate student deaths associated with MRSA have prompted much telephone activity and many questions regarding available data in Michigan.
Individual case reports of MRSA are not reportable in Michigan; therefore prevalence rates for either Healthcare Associated - MRSA (HA-MRSA) or Community Associated - MRSA CA-MRSA) is unknown.
Outbreaks are, however, reportable to the local health jurisdiction. An outbreak is defined as "three or more culture positive cases in a facility or in a community that are epidemiologically linked where transmission/spread is plausible."
MDCH has an educational brochure and poster detailing prevention of MRSA:
MDCH MRSA Prevention and Control Tri-Fold Brochure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new web site that will help answer many questions about managment of MRSA in Schools. The web site is listed here below. This was not included on the HAN last Thursday, as it recently became available.
The CDC also hosts a list of frequently asked questions about MSRA for athletes.