Phoenix, AZ, May 12th, 2011 -- USA Today reported in an article in today’s issue that, “MRSA, a bacteria resistant to common antibiotics, has been discovered in supermarket meats, and the germ is apparently being introduced by human food handlers, a new study reports.”
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a Gram-positive spherical bacterium which on microscopic examination appears in pairs, short chains, or as bunched, grape-like clusters. Some strains are capable of producing a highly heat-stable protein toxin that causes illness in humans. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of the staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin.
Staphylococcal food poisoning (staphyloenterotoxicosis; staphyloenterotoxemia) is the name of the condition caused by the enterotoxins which some strains of the bacteria can produce.
The onset of symptoms from food poisoning from this type of bacteria is usually rapid and in many cases acute, depending on individual susceptibility to the toxin, the amount of contaminated food eaten, the amount of toxin in the food ingested, and the general health of the victim. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and prostration. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping, and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur. Recovery generally takes two days, but can take longer.
“News today of reports of MRSA showing up on the nation’s meat supply is bad news for society,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network. “To help people better understand dangers associated with staphylococcal food poisoning and the dangers of MRSA the IAQ Video Network has produced two public outreach videos on the topics,” he continued.
To view either of these public outreach videos please visit:
Staphylococcus aureus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkGPOoIJCoc
About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.