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I{) Jt'RIDAY. APRIL 16- ,Y, APRII:,'2010 '- NEWS c.]QilJl t,: ' Delaware resident contracts rare antibiotic-resistant infection The Delaware Division of Pub- lic Health announced Wednes- day, April 14, the state has record- ed its first case of vancomycin- resistant staphylococcus aureus in a 63-year-old Delaware woman. The Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted lab tests and confn'med the diagnosis of van- comycin-resistant staphylococ- cus aureus (VRSA) April 6. VRSA is a rare infection that is resistant to treatment with a commonly used antibiotic. The woman, who has multiple under- lying conditions, was diagnosed with VRSA by an acute-care hos- pital in Delaware.  .,, -.  ; @  .:- The patient had also briefly stayed in a Delaware long-term care facility and received kidney dialysis. The patient was tram- ferred to a Pennsylvania hospital. A Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) news release states VRSA infections can be treated with other, less common- ly used antibiotics. To date, the CDC has received only U reported cases of VRSA in the nation. None of these cas- es occurred as a result of trans- mission from one infected per- son to another. VRSA appears to develop among patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The pa- tients appear to have underlying health conditions, such as dia- betes and renal disease, and pre- vious infectious with methicillin- resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resist- ant enterococcus (VRE), other drug-resistant bacteria. Other risk factors include having recent surgery, recent hospitalization, and recent exposure to van- comycin and other antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria, usually causes minor skin infections such as pimples or boils. Staph may cause serious, potentially fatal infections such as surgical wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia. Ap- proximately 25 to 30 percent of the population carries staph bac- teria in the nose without infec- tion. Widespread use of peni- cillin and vancomycin led to staph resistance to those antibi- otics. DPH's Bureau of Epidemiolo- gy is working with the hospital, long-term care facility and dialy: sis center where this case re- ceived care to test staffmembers with regular contact with the pa- tient. This precautionary measure may identify potential sources of transmission. DPH advises Delaware's med- ical community to practice strin- gent hand washing, to appropri- ately use barrier and contact pre- cautions such as gloves and masks, and to use antibiotics properly to prevent and control VRSA and other drug-resistant organisms. "We are working closely with the CDC and healthcare facilities in Delaware to assure that the de- velopment and spread of these kinds of infectious is minimized," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH direc- tor. Delaware Tea Party holds statewide protests against healthcare By Kevin Spence kspence@capegazette.com Members of the Delaware Tea Party and the 9-12 Delaware Pa- triots held statewide demonstra- tions in Lewes, Dover and W'flm- ington Thursday, April 15. Gath- ering at 1 p.m., 0t Legis" lative Hall orm in Dover, hundreds of protestors urged lawmakers to halt national healthcare reform in Delaware, telling lawmakers to support House Bill 353 that would allow Delawareans to opt out of the na- tional healthcare reform meas- ure. In Lewes, protestors were originally scheduled to protest in front of Kmart, but on Wednes- day, April 14, Kmart obtained a cease-and-desist order forcing the Patriots to gather at Home Depot. Holding signs such as "Fm not a racist, just scared," and "Save our Coustitution and free- dora: Impeach congress:' the Pa- triots call for what they consider returning to the tenets of the U.S. Coustitution. The Patriots also oppose ille- gal immigration. As protestors waved signs to passing honking drivers, another message painted on the window of a Ford pick-up truck in the parking lot, read, "Clinton ruined a dress. Obama ruined a nation." At the Lewes demonstration, GOP candidate for the 14th Rep- resentative Distwict Chris Weeks said, "We gotta get taxes under control and the size of govern- ment. The size of government is directly related to the amount of taxes." Police & Fire Wrap-Up)) Detectives solve country club burglaries State police detectives closed several burglary cases in Re- hoboth Beach Yacht & Coun- try Club devel- opment and two on Cove View Drive, High Point, Millsboro. Brandt Aubrey, 25, of London Brandt Aubrey Circle, Re- hoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club, was charged March 30, for crimes that occmTed between late Octo- ber 2009 and the end of March. Sgt. Walter Newton, state po- lice spokesman, said police re- ports show the fLrst burglary was between Oct. 31 and early De- cember, at a home on Kensing- ton Road. Someone kicked in the back door and removed antique fig- urines valued at approximately $700. The estimated property damage was also $700. The next case occurred be- tween Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, at a home on Torquay Court. Two diamond rings and a gold chain valued at $6,500 were stolen. Sometime between Nov. 15 and Dec. 30 someone popped a screen on a window in the bac deck area of a home on London Circle. The thief ransacked clos- ets and drawers. The next incident occurred between Nov. 26 and Jan. 14, at a home on Kingsbridge Road. In that case, the following items - valued at approximately $7,685- were stolen: DVD player, liquor, tools, jewelry, four televisions, a wall bracket, clothing, DVDs, an iPod, a toaster, a set of Curto knives, martini glasses, a surge guard and a Sony seven-speaker, surround-sound stereo system. The last incident in the Re- hoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club development occurred be- tween 3 and 5 p.m., March 29. In that case someone used an ax from the back yard to pry a win- dow open at a Keusington Road home. A burglar removed ap- proximately $30,000 worth of jewelry. The other 00ree cases police believe Aubrey is linked to oc- curred at homes on Cove View Drive in the High Point develop- rnent. The first incident occurred be- tween March 6 and March 12, when someone forced the kitchen window open and en- tered the home. Two laptop computers valued at about $2,000 were removed from the residence. The next case was between March 7 and March 13, when someone forced open a rear door, entered and removed cash from the home. The last incident was between Feb. 23 and March 9, when some- one entered the home and stole a shotgun and personal property valued at about $1,500. Aubrey was charged with six counts of second-degree burgla- ry, four counts of felony theft, at- tempted theft, attempted burgh- ry, five counts of criminal mis- chief, theft of a firearm and pos- session of burglary tools. He was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in de- fault of $48,250 bond, pending further court action. Local farmers victimized for copper State police detectives are in- vestigating seve00 thefts at three local farms. Sgt. Walter Newton, state police spokesman, said that according to a police report, sometime between 8 a.m., Friday, April 9, and 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, someone cut copper wire in an irrigation system at the Ponder Farm near Milton. The thief then drove to two other systems and removed cop- per from both of them before moving to nearby Isaacs Farm and Draper Farm and removing copper wire from systems there. The irrigation at the Isaacs Farm was brand new, said Newton. The estimated property loss was nearly $40,000, and the esti- mated damages were about $750. Police are asking anyone with in- formation about the cases to call Det. Mark Justice at 856-5850, Ext. 209. Man injured in one-vehicle crash A Millsboro man was cited for failing to stay on the roadway af- ter a one-vehicle erase Sgt. Wal- ter Newton, state police spokesman, said lames M. Lehman, 53, of Millsboro, was driving a 2006 Hyundai Sante Fe northbound on Long Neck Road, south of Fairfield, when for an unknown reason he left the northbound lane. The vehicle traveled to the right, off the roadway, struck a tree and rotated clockwise be- fore coming to a final stop. Lehman and his front-seat pas- senger became trapped in the ve- hicle. Lehman, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained a facial lac- eration and wrist fracture. He was treated at Beebe Medical Center. HIS passenger - Michael Dal- ton, 57, of Millsboro - was not wearing a seat belt and suffered head trauma. Newton said he was flown to Christiana Hospi- tal, where he is in stable condi- tion.