My 54 year old sister had a hip replacement operation in March of this year. Subsequently, she developed a post-operative staff infection (MRSA), and was hospitalized for two (2) weeks before being released to home care on Monday of this week. The next 2 months she will be home self administering a very strong antibiotic via picline 3x's/day, doing ice, and mild P.T, with nurse visits and f/u doctor's appt's, etc. I have read up on MRSA, and everything I read talks of the contagious nature of this infection. Yet she was allowed visitors in the hospital, wasn't isolated from the other patients, nurses/ staff in any way etc., which seems to me to be a contradiction of sorts, and makes me wonder out loud about what I read, and whether or not I should be concerned about catching her infection if I visit her at home. My ex-wife (who's a little nuts anyway) thinks that I could get the disease from my sister and infect her and my kids with it, and as such, has banned me from contact with any of them...indefinitely. Can you shed some light on this for me? Is SHE nuts for thinking that way, or am I just naive when I tell her she has nothing to worry about...? I look forward to your response. Sincerely,
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