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Drug-Resistant superbugs: How to protect your work force

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An easily acquired infection now causes more deaths per year than AIDS, according to a just-released government study. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, killed 19,000 people in the U.S. in 2005.

Doctors used to believe hospitals were the most dangerous breeding grounds for staph infection outbreaks. No more. The new research finds that the deadliest form of MRSA infects people at school, at home—and in the workplace.

Recent outbreaks in school districts across the nation and the death earlier this month of an otherwise-healthy high school football player in Virginia have shone a spotlight on the MRSA problem.

Cleanliness = prevention

HR can play an important role in minimizing the risk of staph infection at work. Protection is common sense: Cleanliness stops most infections before they turn deadly.

Most staph infections cause only minor skin irritation. But so-called “community-acquired” MRSA, which...(register to read more)

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