ADPH Addresses Health Concern

The Alabama Department of Public Health hosted a regional news conference with the media by satellite Monday.

State health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, addressed the topic of staph infections that have been in the news recently.

Williamson said there is no major outbreak. But he says there has been an increase in the number of community-acquired cases in the past five years, because the infection is more resistant to treatment.

"The transmission of staph is not new. I mean, staph is as old as man or older perhaps," said Williamson. "What's new is that the staph has acquired resistance to a bacteria and is now, and I say now in the sense of the last five years, now being transmitted. The resistant organism is now simply
being transmitted more commonly. And it has gotten more attention."

Donaldson advises all to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, keep your personal items just for your own use, clean hard surfaces with a bleach solution, use alcohol-based anti-bacterial gel, and if you have an open wound, keep it covered with a bandage.

Have the news reports about staph infections caused you to wash hands more or clean more diligently?

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