Councilman Tony Trout has a most eye opening post on his blog about MRSA in their local jail. The council asked the Greenville County Jail, “How many MRSA cases do we have?” and in response received a Power Point presentation about MRSA, and a whole lotta hooey. The response?
County Administrator Joe Kernell stated Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is privileged information.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Check out Tony Trout’s whole article – I think it will open your eyes too. I know these are prisoners we are talking about, but they are in prison as punishment for a crime, not to be part of a breeding bacteria bed. Get it together jails, and cities, MAKE the jails get it together – this is just. not. right. – and not only is it not right, it is dangerous to your law abiding citizens as well.
Tony Trout’s closing comments:
The real question isÃ¢â‚¬Â¦When is this disease going to make the jump to the Greenville County Citizens? The answer is Ã¢â‚¬Å“sooner than it shouldÃ¢â‚¬Â as long as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Typhoid Joe KernellÃ¢â‚¬Â keeps sweeping this problem under the carpet. Right now Kernell is presiding over a MRSA incubator Ã¢â‚¬â€ and he seems content to keep things that way. Will Greenville wait until MRSA leaps into the general population before demanding action?
Good questions, eh? I hope he continues to probe until finds the answers and the accompanying solutions. Here is a link to a blurb about Staph in this particular jail from the past, and here is the link to the Greenville County website. Maybe you can ask some questions of your own.