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PRNewswire/USNewswire - The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action.

"The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day. MRSA deaths in the United States have surpassed the number of those dying from HIV/AIDS every year.

A study released this year shows a projection of MRSA infections in the United States to rise from 2.9 million to 4.2 million from 2009-2015 and skin infection treatment days in the United States are projected to rise from 20 million to 30 million from 2009-2015 and with a yearly estimated cost of $9.5 billion. Yet the response from international and U.S. health officials has been silence.

Organizers hope to show The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations (UN) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that the MRSA and antimicrobial resistance global crisis has been seriously neglected and deserves immediate attention from institutional and health authorities in developed and developing nations. Sources close to the event feel that denial among government officials of either the existence of MRSA or its prevalence is a significant barrier to addressing the global MRSA epidemic.

The event's officials want the WHO, UN and CDC to  immediately develop and implement a MRSA surveillance and reporting system for all countries, collect MRSA infection and colonization data and  release the data so the true magnitude of the MRSA pandemic can become apparent worldwide.

The World MRSA Day Kickoff event and Global MRSA Summit will broadcast live via web stream and bring together MRSA experts, MRSA survivors, family members, health officials, university students and the community to learn more about MRSA and to help raise awareness.

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