Staph Infection Misdiagnoses
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Staph Infection Misdiagnoses

Date: October 17, 2007
By: Brandon Smith
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missouri is educating its medical community in recognizing a new and deadly strain of staph infection.

Brandon Smith tells us how doctors are being educated. 

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Community-acquired MRSA, a form of staph infection, appears as boils, pimples, skin infections and infected wounds.

If this staph strain is caught early, it can be treated easily by draining the wound.

Eddie Hedrick, Missouri's Emerging Infections Coordinator, says the problem is doctors don't identify it as a staph infection.

 

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Description: They often look like spider bites, so doctors will often misdiagnose it and call it a spider bite instead of a staph infection.

Hedrick urges proper hygiene to prevent catching the strain, and making sure to follow up with doctors as soon as possible.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Brandon Smith.