World MRSA Day to Fight for Global Action and Awareness
The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day. MRSA deaths in the Unites States have surpassed the number of those dying from HIV/AIDS every year.
A study released this year shows a projection of MRSA infections in the United States to rise from 2.9 million to 4.2 million from 2009-2015 and skin infection treatment days in the United States are projected to rise from 20 million to 30 million from 2009-2015 and with a yearly estimated cost of $9.5 billion. Yet the response from international and U.S. health officials has been silence.
The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations (UN) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) must begin to understand that the MRSA and antimicrobial resistance global crisis has been seriously neglected and deserves immediate attention from institutional and health authorities in developed and developing nations. The denial among government officials of either the existence of MRSA or its prevalence is a significant barrier to addressing the global MRSA epidemic. MRSA is not just prevalent in humans but also in animals, the environment and in food supplies.
The WHO, UN and CDC must immediately develop and implement a MRSA surveillance and reporting system for all countries, collect MRSA infection and colonization data and release the data so the true magnitude of the MRSA pandemic can become apparent worldwide. Transparency is imperative. Active detection and isolation (ADI) in all health care facilities worldwide should be implemented.