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Preventing Deadly Bacteria Outbreaks in Brooklyn

Antibiotic resistant staph infections (also called MRSA or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are causing worry among health officials nationwide. According to news reports, MRSA last year killed more people in the U.S. than AIDS. A Brooklyn, NY, Community Health Center is joining forces with businesses and elected officials to fight back against this deadly bacteria through a new initiative that will protect school children. Lutheran Family Health Centers helped launch a mass distribution of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and materials on handwashing tips in several languages, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Urdu. The initiative is part of a cooperative between local elected leaders and companies like Forest City Ratner Companies and the the future Brooklyn Nets.

drvandkidsIn this photo you can see Norma Villanueva, M.D., chief of pediatric and adolescent health for Lutheran Family Health Centers, showing students at P.S. 101 how to wash their hands an prevent MRSA.