"I walked up to the counter and told the nurse I think I have MRSA and she said yah.. you and 10 thousand other people."

Lisa Cubberly and her 3 year old daughter Melissa are two of the six people in their family... diagnosed with MRSA

"It wasn't ever something, you know, I've heard of ..being in the community. It was something I thought only elderly people got in the hospital."

Over the past 2 years, MRSA infections have primarily occurred in patients staying in hospitals or long term care facilities, but doctors like Gary Rifkin at the Illinois College of Medicine say thats no longer the case.

"Now we have another strand thats gained and is growing in numbers that are not associated with the health care system and these are called Community Aquired MRSA Infections."

A counter top full of antibiotics is nothing new to the Cubberlys. Four years ago their 9 year old son was diagnosed with what doctors said was one of the first community cases of the illiness.

The financial aspect can be just as excruciating. "It's hard for me to get a job and keep a job because I have to miss alot of work for her."

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  • by Kathy on Oct 22, 2007 at 08:50 AM
    What should the schools do to protect other students and the staff from this infection?
  • by Ericka Location: Rockford on Oct 22, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    My son was diagnosed with this in the Spring at 18-months old. The Immediate Care misdiagnosed him. It was really scary! Our entire family was treated with antibiotics and he was lucky enough that he didn't end up in the hospital - thanks to a great Pediatrician who checked him every 2-3 days.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Oct 22, 2007 at 05:25 AM
    Are schools and Daycare centers required to tell parents that the infection is in their buildings?
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