Oct. 1 marks the Third Annual World MRSA Day and Global
MRSA Summit, and this years theme is, The MRSA Epidemic A
Call to Action.
The community and health care industry are uniting
together to raise awareness of the worldwide MRSA epidemic, said Jeanine
Thomas, founder of World MRSA Day and MRSA Survivors Network.
The annual kickoff event will take place at Loyola
University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill., and William R.
Jarvis, MD, formerly of the CDC, is the keynote
The organizations founder said in a press release
that WHO must immediately take a leadership position through the
development and implementation of a worldwide
MRSA surveillance and reporting system. Such a system
would facilitate the collection of data on MRSA infections and colonization.
The public release of such data would illustrate the true magnitude of the MRSA
pandemic worldwide and facilitate the implementation of evidence-based
prevention interventions that are so desperately needed.
The CDC estimated that approximately 18,000 people die
of invasive MRSA health care-associated infections each year in the United
For more information and to view a broadcast of the
Disclosure: The event is being sponsored by Tec Labs, Roche,
Pfizer, Loyola University Health System and media sponsor NBC Chicago.