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Lawmaker Demands Governor Start Tracking MRSA

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- MRSA rates on the rise, now members of the legislature are taking a stance on tracking the disease.

Some state lawmakers are asking Governor Christine Gregoire to use emergency powers to force health department's to start tracking the disease.

Health departments aren't requred to report or track the disease, that's what some lawmakers want to change.

The bug was mainly seen in hospitals until now.  It's becoming more and more common in schools and workplaces. 

A Tacoma man has already died from the antibiotic resistant staph infection, and several other non-fatal cases have been reported, including one in Hermiston.

Doctors are afraid it will become increasingly resistant to treatments.

"We eventually lose their effectiveness and so the over-arching lesson here is that we've got to be much more prudent in our use of antibiotics and only use them when they're absolutely necessary," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Governor is yet to comment on this plan to require health districts to start tracking it.

Nurses said they don't even think that would be possible because they're seeing so many cases right now, and many of the cases go unreported.

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