Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MRSA Alert In Chamber

A debate in the House of Commons yesterday regarding Hospital Acquired Infections probably gave a number of MPs a sleepless night. During the debate Laura Moffatt revealed:

"If I were still in my former profession and took a swab to Members’ noses in the Chamber and other interesting little places, many of us would be found to be carrying Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause harmful infections. That is the reality and the difficulty of the situation that we face."

I should just for the record add that Laura Moffatt's former profession which she refers to is that of a nurse. Anyway, the sleepless night given to MPs was not the idea of Laura Moffatt taking a swab of their nose, although that is a horrendous idea. No, what would give MPs their night of unrest is the idea that many of them would be carrying Staphylococcus aureus. The longed name bacteria is a common form of Staph infection that can cause boils, pimples, abscesses and cellulitis. However what is more alarming is that the SA bit of the hospital infection MRSA stands for Staphylococcus aureus (the MR bit stands for methicillin resistant). This means that there is MRSA in the Chamber, the MPs have got MRSA, we're all going to die. PANIC.

Many thanks by the way to wikipedia for providing me with all the useful on Staphylococcus aureus.

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