Cannon official addresses Group A Streptococcus

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kim Bradley: 27th Special Operations Medical Group Many of you may have seen the recent article in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune regarding two deaths in individuals with Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease. While it is uncommon for patients to die due to infection from GAS bacteria, non-life threatening […]

Physician: Several conditions contributed to deaths

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer All three patients diagnosed with infections from a deadly invasive bacteria had other health conditions that contributed to the severity of their illness, according to a local physician. The bacteria has killed two of the three patients in Curry County — a 23-year-old pregnant woman

MRSA infection tracked locally

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center treated 151 patients last year for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a hospital official. Joy Stoddard, infection control and occupational health nurse at PRMC, said none of the MRSA infections were acquired in the hospital. She was not aware of any local deaths […]

Experts: MRSA deadly, but easily prevented

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areus, otherwise known as MRSA, is here. Actually, it’s been here for years, according to C. Mac Sewell, New Mexico state epidemiologist. Increased public attention has schools and hospitals in Clovis and Portales getting out information on the bacteria. Sewell said MRSA, one of several types of […]