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S.Res. 301 (111th): A resolution designating October 2, 2009, as “World MRSA Day”.

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 2009 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


III

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 301

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 5, 2009

(for himself and Mr. Durbin) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating October 2, 2009, as World MRSA Day.

Whereas methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) causes deadly infections in patients that are receiving treatment in health care facilities and affects numerous individuals within our Nation's communities;

Whereas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that hospital-acquired MRSA infections killed more than 19,000 individuals in the United States in 2006;

Whereas patient and consumer advocacy organizations around the world are lending their voices to a call for leadership and an international commitment to preventing and eradicating MRSA, a disease that has reached pandemic levels and is spreading at an alarming rate;

Whereas patient and consumer advocacy organizations are calling upon health care officials and government leaders to step up and take a more comprehensive approach to stopping MRSA through implementation of a broad and proactive prevention program;

Whereas the MRSA Survivors Network, the first consumer organization in the United States to raise awareness concerning the MRSA epidemic and other such multi-drug resistant health care-acquired infections, has announced that October 2, 2009, has been designated as “World MRSA Day”, which shall be commemorated annually on such date; and

Whereas the MRSA Survivors Network has also designated the month of October as “World MRSA Awareness Month” in order to call attention to this worldwide epidemic: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate designates October 2, 2009, as World MRSA Day.