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New ‘superbug’ raises fears: how to protect staff, customers

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Government researchers issued a warning last month about the recent spread of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an easily acquired staph infection that now causes more deaths per year than AIDS.
Doctors used to believe hospitals were the top breeding grounds for the virus. New research finds the deadliest form infects people at school and the workplace.
Employers can play an important role. Protection is common sense: Cleanliness stops most infections before they turn deadly. Five tips:
1. Encourage hand washing
with signs in restrooms. Hand washing is the most effective preventative measure.
2. Supply anti-bacterial gel.
Mount dispensers in restrooms, break rooms and by the office exit or entrance.
3. Tell workers to avoid sharing towels.
If your workplace restrooms still use a rolling cloth towel dispenser, it’s time to install hand dryers or paper towels.
4. Supply bandages to cover wounds.
Because MRSA needs a path into the body, it is crucial to cover cuts, scrapes or insect bites.
5. Send anyone with an abscess or swelling
anywhere on the body to seek medical attention right away. For more tips, go to

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