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Community-Acquired MRSA Topic Of Oct. 4 Lecture At Roby Center
A persistent rash can actually be community-acquired MRSA, a type of staph infection that is on the rise nationally.
Dr. Halim Abou-Faycal, a board-certified infectious disease specialist with Takoma Regional Hospital, will discuss the condition at a lecture Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center.
Formally known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics.
“Community-acquired MRSA usually presents itself on the skin and soft tissue and is rarely invasive,” Dr. Abou-Faycal said. “We used to see MRSA more in the hospital setting, but now we are seeing it more and more in the community. It’s a less serious strain, though.
Dr. Abou-Faycal will discuss the causes of MRSA and ways to treat it. The lecture, which will be presented from 10-11 a.m., is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Dr. Abou-Faycal, graduated from medical school at Lebanese University of Beirut, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at several university hospitals, including the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Johnson City.
He completed his infectious disease fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, receiving special training in bone marrow infections and solid-organ transplant infections.
Dr. Abou-Faycal was an East Tennessee State University “Harrison Scholar” for two consecutive years, an award given to those who score the highest in the Board review exams. He also was chairman of infection control and medical director of the infectious diseases department at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark.
For more information about the lecture, please contact Tina Chudina, Takoma community relations, at 798-8110.


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