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MRSA has invaded the House of Representatives gym. The gym is used by some of the most powerful people in government. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, is a regular. I have been blogging about MRSA in hospitals, but never imagined it would reach the House of Representatives gym.

A statement from the House Chief Administrative Officer released yesterday stated:

“A House employee has reportedly contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). That House employee is also a member of the House Staff Fitness Center (HSFC).”

“As a precautionary measure and in accordance with the recommendations of the Office of the Attending Physician, the HSFC has thoroughly disinfected the House gym .The HSFC is in the process of notifying its members of the possible exposure and providing educational resources for gym members.”

An e-mail sent to House employees Tuesday by Kathy Zumbar, the House gym’s wellness and fitness coordinator, stated, “The infected employee will stay away from the gym until the condition has healed completely. The gym has been scoured the place clean with “Simple Green D Pro 3 disinfectant, virucidal, fungicidal.”

Staph infections often begin with a small cut, which gets infected with bacteria. Infections can range from the “simple boil” to “flesh-eating” conditions. The staph infection is contagious if the wound is draining, and can be especially dangerous “if people share towels or other items that are contaminated.”

Some lawmakers who sleep in their offices shower in the House gym. Will they become infected?

Can this be a blessing in disguise that this terrible infection is now at the heart of our government? Will this be enough to force lawmakers to take action and require hospitals to follow the SHEA and CDC Guidelines to prevent the spread of these infections? For those of you who read this and are familiar with disinfectants, is the Simple Green D Pro 3 a good choice?

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