By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
A new strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was recently discovered in a Iowa child care worker who had no exposure to livestock according to the University of Iowa researchers. The study was an unexpected finding by a doctoral student doing her dissertation for her doctorate. It was later published in the April issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and is accessible online at: http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/17/4/742.htm.
Most people who have contacted this bacteria always had contact with livestock. The strain that the daycare worker had was treatable with antibiotics. Since this was just one instance no conclusions can yet be drawn on this. A third of the population does carry some strain of this bacteria. Child care workers are always at a increase risk of carrying infectious disease as they are exposed to children with runny noses, uncovered coughs and not so frequently washed hands.
Just as in the hospital settings, child care centers must wash hands properly and they can stay protected with protective medical uniforms too and be very comfortable on the job as they run around all day with infants and small children. The bodily fluids will roll right off these self cleaning uniforms.