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About MRSA Skin Infections: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how to recognize and prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumer FAQ's About Antibiotics

How safe are antibiotics? When should you take them? What should women know before taking antibiotics? Find answers to these frequently asked questions, and many more.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

7 Signs and Symptoms Not to Ignore

You already know that obvious symptoms, such as chest pain and severe abdominal pain, require immediate medical attention. But the not-so-obvious symptoms may leave you wondering whether you need to seek care. Here's a list of symptoms that merit at least a call to your doctor.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Bacteria and Food Borne Illness

Describes the causes, common sources, symptoms, risk factors, complications, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of food borne illness.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

NIH National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Botulism

Find out how to use proper canning techniques, and how to prepare and store food safely in order to prevent this type of foodbourne bacteria.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Campylobacter Infections

You can prevent campylobacter infections by using drinking water that's been tested and approved for purity, and by drinking milk that's been pasteurized. While hiking and camping, avoid drinking water from streams and from sources that pass through land where animals graze.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

CDC Vitalsigns: Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now

Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. CRE germs have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics that are available today. FInd out what you can do to stop the spread of infection.

Review Date: March 05, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC VitalSigns: Stopping C. Difficile Infections

C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Learn how C. difficile spreads, and what you can do to help prevent it.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Group B Streptococcal Infections

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. Find out more information about this infectious disease.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Jesse Cause Foundation

Group B Streptococcal Resources for Expectant Parents

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. If you are pregnant, the following information may assist you in reducing the chances of your baby being infected.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Jesse Cause Foundation

Meningitis: College Freshmen

College freshmen, especially those who live in dormitories, are at a slightly increased risk for bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria (meningococcal disease) compared with other persons of the same age. Vaccination may be recommended for them.

Review Date: March 04, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rodents

Learn how to prevent rodent infestations and how to clean up after a rodent infestation to prevent spread of diseases.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Staph Infections: For Parents

Learn how staph infections spread, are treated, and steps you can take to prevent your child from becoiming infected.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Staphylococcal (Staph) Skin Infections

When the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. Learn how to protect yourself against getting staph (and other) infections — including MRSA.

Review Date: October 03, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Stool Test: C. Difficile Toxin

A doctor may request a C. difficile toxin stool test if your child has taken antibiotics in the past month, has had diarrhea for several days, and may have abdominal pain, poor appetite, and fever.

Review Date: October 17, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Taking Aim at Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Learn more about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of this condition, which strikes over 700,000 Americans each year.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIGMS