MRSA in Children Is Resistant to Drugs

Air Date: 01/22/2009
Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Brian Williams/Robert Bazell
Air/Publish Date:
01/22/2009
Event Date:
01/22/2009
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2009
Clip Length:
00:01:57

In early 2009, doctors in the U.S. notice a doubling in the number of pediatric patients with staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics, from 12% in 2001 to 28% percent in 2006.

MRSA in Children is Resistant to Drugs

BRIAN WILLIAMS, co-host:

We are back now with NBC News In Depth tonight. It has to do with the world of health. Another one of these so-called super bug infections. This one going after children and its resistant to drugs. Our report tonight from our chief science correspondent Robert Bazell.

WAYMONLYN HOSKINS: Miyah.

ROBERT BAZELL reporting:

When Amiyah Hoskins was four months old last October her temperature suddenly shot up. She was diagnosed with a lymph node infection in her neck with a drug resistant super bug called MRSA.

Mrs. HOSKINS: I said, ‘Oh my goodness’. I knew people had died from that.

Dr. SIPOTTI ZAPATA: This is abscess cavity…

BAZELL: Dr. Sipotti Zapata at the Emery School of Medicine in Atlanta quickly performed surgery to drain the infected area, the only possible treatment.

Dr. ZAPATA: When the infections start in the head and neck region they can easily extend down into the chest.

BAZELL: The drug resistant staff infection MRSA has been a growing problem in the US. First in hospitals, then schools, prisons, and in the general community.

Now a new study reveals a big increase in pediatrics. They found that antibiotic resistant ear, nose, and throat staph infection in children jumped from 12% in 2001 to more than 28% in 2006.

Dr. STEVEN SOBLE: Possibly a right-sided abscess.

BAZELL: Dr. Zapata’s colleague, Dr. Steven Soble headed the study.

Dr. SOBLE: I think it’s a very significant public health problem. Say ahh.

BAZELL: Dr. Soble says parents and doctors need to watch for infections that did not heal properly.

Dr. SOBLE: Can I use my flashlight to look in your ears?

BAZELL: And follow the usual infection precautions including hand washing, but he says there is no need to overdo it.

Dr. SOBLE: The main point is don’t panic. This is something that’s been around for years. It will likely continue to be around for years.

BAZELL: After her treatment Amiyah Hoskins healed quickly and today is a healthy 7-month old…

Mr. HOSKINS: You want to talk to her?

BAZELL: …but a reminder of the danger of the growing threat of drug resistant infection.

Mr. HOSKINS: Hello?

BAZELL: Robert Bazell, NBC News-New York.

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