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DHSS launches a leaflet on MRSA 28 September 2005

    The Health Services Division of Department of Health and Social Security has launched a leaflet entitled ‘What is MRSA?’

    MRSA or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is a type of bacteria about which has been much concern among the public.

    Dr Kishore, Consultant in Public Health said, “Unfortunately MRSA, which has received much media attention and through some well publicised cases has led to a degree of misunderstandings among the public”.

    With concerning issues like MRSA, the best way forward to reassure the public is to provide them with the facts. The leaflet does exactly that. It details what MRSA is, how it can be spread and what to do to prevent the spread of MRSA.

    Elizabeth Sawyer, Specialist Nurse in Infection Control added, “The leaflet is written in plain English avoiding all medical jargon so that it can be easily understood by all sections of the Community and it will be circulated throughout the hospitals, health centres and clinics on the Island.”

    For copies of the leaflet members of the public can contact Public Health on 642639. The Public Health Directorate would be very happy to receive any comments or feedback.

    To download a copy of the MRSA leaflet click here

    28th September 2005

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