Alerted to the issue by a family member of an inmate in the Upson County Jail near Thomaston Georgia, Green Party activists have called for urgent action to investigate a possible outbreak of a highly contagious flesh eating bacteria, MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).
"We've collected testimony across the state from inmates whose urgent medical care needs have been neglected," said Hugh Esco, Secretary of the Georgia Green Party. "But the stories we heard last week point to a very clear dereliction of duty by the Upson County Sheriff and with the health care providers with whom they contract. Ignored we fear this outbreak threatens serious public health consequences."
While many staph infections are routinely treated with antibiotics, some strains of staph -- like MRSA -- have become resistant to antibiotics that once destroyed it. MRSA was first discovered in 1961. It's now resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, and many other antibiotics.