First Case of MRSA Infection From Cell Phone Reported

The threat of infection from cell phones is real, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, medical correspondent for CBS News, who recently reported the first known case of MRSA Infection from a cell phone. Studies have previously warned of the potential for pathogenic infections and have specifically cited the presence of the superbug MRSA on cell phones, but this is first known case where a patient has actually contracted the bug from their phone.

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a harmful bacterium that is particularly dangerous because it is resistant to many types of anti-biotics such as methicillin, and penicillin.  Since this strain of Staph is so difficult to treat it’s important to take every precaution in regards to our health. Other nasty viruses can also live on your cell phone including E. coli, influenza and meningitis-causing microorganisms.

Groups at greater risk for infection are:
•    Children
•    College students living in dorms
•    Soldiers
•    Women who are pregnant
•    The elderly
•    Frequenters of gyms

How to Reduce Exposure to MRSA Infection From Cell Phone

Ditching your cell phone or using it less is simply not an option, your cell phone is a vital part of your day whether you are a politician, a surgeon, a busy mom or in the 8th grade. Therefore, the smartest thing to do is clean cell phones regularly, wiping down their surfaces including screens and keypads with a disinfectant or other cleaning solution (but make sure to not damage your cell phone in the process).

By incorporating “mobile hygiene” into your daily routine, just like checking your Facebook is now part of your routine, you are reducing the germs that build up on your phone, and your exposure to virulent bacteria every time you make a call or receive a text. 
Clean your cell phone regularly, and enjoy a healthier mobile communication experience.
Have you gotten sick and suspect your cell phone as the possible cause?
To learn more about Mobile Hygiene tips, visit www.mobilehygiene.org 

1 comment:

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