As kids go back to school following the winter break, there's always the thoughts of what lurks in the little germ-infested hands of other children. This year in Ohio we had an 'outbreak' of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It's a scary thing.
The FDA has just approved a rapid result blood test to determine if someone has contracted the illness. It's important that you know this - if your child (or you) gets sick, and you suspect MRSA, be sure to ask for the test. It only takes two hours for the results to come back - rather than days with the previous test. Not only can it set your mind at ease, but it can begin life-saving treatment earlier, whether or not it's MRSA!