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mrsa & employment
Started by confused & worried
Posted: January 17, 2007 at 23:48
My husband had an op in july and has had several swabs since then, he was told he had "an" infection about 2 weeks after he left hosptial.
We run a pub and restaurant, he frequently cooks in the kitchen. Our GP is aware of what he does for a job but we have only been told today - 17th Jan that he has MRSA. He was only told because he asked if he had MRSA.
He's had months of pain and discomfort, along with a very busy Christmas period. Should the doctor have told us that he had MRSA when they knew he dealt with food CONSTANTLY?
We are now very worried that we are going to lose our jobs and our home (we live where we work).
Should our surgery have done something about this rather than keeping us in the dark. I'm very confused and understandably worried. Can any one help me please?
Re: mrsa & employment
Reply #1 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 18, 2007 at 14:24
could you explain if your husband has mrsa in a wound after his op, or is he colonised nose, throat ,groin, get back to us with a bit more info regarding your husbands surgery . there is a big diffrence between being infected or being colonised .
Re: mrsa & employment
Reply #2 by Maria
Posted: January 18, 2007 at 16:06
Staphylococcus aureus is a common skin bacterium, at any one time around a third of us have this bacteria on our skin or in our nose without any ill effects.

This bacteria can cause disease, if there is an opportunity for it to enter the body and the person has a weakened immune system. Skin and wound infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and bacteraemia (blood stream infection) can then develop. It can also cause food poisoning.

Therefore good hygiene, which you would employ preparing food anyway should prevent contamination of any food.

MRSA stands for Methicillin resistance Staphyloccus aureus, meaning a Staph bacterium that is resistant to some antibiotics.

You are right concerned, the doctors should have informed you about infection control to ensure that anyone at risk with open wounds or a suppressed immune system is protected. But I have not seen it documented anywhere that you are high risk when it comes to food preparation, if you have good hygiene procedures. The food industry is more regulated that the hospital environment, there is hygiene legislation that covers milk and dairy produce in relation to Staphylococcus aureus.

There are several good sources of information for you, there are contact details listed above for MRSA Action UK
Email: Tel:- 01623 556255

There are also some very good websites that can help you understand MRSA that you may find useful

I hope this helps.

Re: mrsa & employment
Reply #3 by confused and worried
Posted: January 18, 2007 at 18:04
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. He has MRSA in a wound after abdominal surgery. It wouldn't heal properly which is why they swabbed him initially. It has healed a lot in the last few months but it never seems to get there totally.
Thanks for easing my mind about the food preparation.
We'll just have to wait and see about work. Thanks.
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