MRSA Cases Down in Amarillo

A deadly infection is less prevalent in Amarillo than it was six months ago. The superbug strain of the staph infection, also known as MRSA, is infecting half the number of people it did in February.

You are more likely to develop MRSA after a knee replacement surgery than any other procedure. So, back in February, under the recommendation of the city health authority, doctors tried an intervention method on those patients. Dr. J. Rush Pierce says, "before undergoing knee replacement, patients would be cultured for MRSA and if they had it, would use things to get it off the skin."

Things like antiseptics to bathe with.

Also, doctors would take a culture of the nose and if the patient had MRSA, would be prescribed a nose antibiotic.

Comparing the number of cases from February until now with the same time frame from last year, Pierce found a 48 percent decline in cases. He says, "your chance of getting MRSA or any other infection is less now than it was 6 months ago."

Pierce says not only were there fewer MRSA cases in knee replacement patients, but also in patients in general.

He also says he has no plans right now to expand the method to other types of surgeries because the numbers are just preliminary. He says he will wait and see what happens before thinking of using it elsewhere.