Governor Timothy M. Kaine today approved an emergency
regulation by the State Health Commissioner that requires laboratories
to report Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection
to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The regulation is effective
today, and will assist public health authorities in the effort to
compile data on the prevalence of MRSA for surveillance and
Today's action was prompted by concerns among citizens and health care
professionals following the recent death of a Virginia teenager due to
invasive MRSA, as well as the recent release of a study by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control identifying MRSA as a major public health
problem in the United States.
This kind of stuff makes me a little uneasy, but it's hard to imagine that he was going to do anything else. MRSA may well be dangerous enough to justify this action. I suppose that we'll find out in time.