Letters to the Editor

Push doctors to test for staph

I read with interest the article "Staph response: Bacteria 101" (Nov. 10, Page A-1) about MRSA and statements by officials that seem to downplay the severity of the epidemic and the potential impact on our schools.

I have had experience with three separate instances of MRSA being contracted by family members and friends. In each situation, only after much persistence in persuading the doctors to do further testing, was the the proper diagnosis made and treatment prescribed.

Parents need to be vigilant in recognizing the first signs of MRSA and insist that doctors do the necessary testing to distinguish it from other staph infections so the proper antibiotics can be prescribed. The schools should be doing their part to educate the public to this epidemic, rather than relegating it to another situation that can be managed by proper hand washing.

ROSANN SMITH

Modesto

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