Sunday, March 21, 2010: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Regency VI-VII (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 2
Summary: We are now 50 years into the global MRSA epidemic. What have we learned, and how can that knowledge be translated into effective prevention strategies? This session will begin with a broad overview of the global epidemiology of this successful pathogen, describing its emergence, evolution, and spread worldwide. The next speaker will summarize the wide variety of prevention approaches taken on the continent of Europe, and assess the effectiveness of these strategies and what they say about future prevention efforts. The next presentation will look ahead to the potential role of vaccination and immunotherapy for prevention and/or treatment of S. aureus infections. Finally, the session will examine the role of the media in public perception of the MRSA threat.Learning Objectives:
- Describe the emergence, evolution, and global spread of MRSA.
- Discuss different approaches to MRSA prevention in Europe, assess the effectiveness of these approaches, and determine the implications for future MRSA prevention efforts.
- Understand the current status and future potential of vaccination as a strategy for prevention of S. aureus (and MRSA) infection.
- Review media coverage of MRSA and consider theories in effective public messaging.
Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI-Canada) and the Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID)
Mark E. Rupp, MD and Andreas Voss, MD