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November 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM

MRSA epidemic coverage

Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonies from a Seattle, Washington hospital patient grow in a blood agar plate at a local lab.

Quality journalism

Editor, The Times:

The Seattle Times investigative series on MRSA was a brilliant display of journalism and revealed the truth about how the MRSA epidemic occurred, not just in Washington state, but in any hospital in any state [“How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic,” Times, News, Nov. 16; “MRSA’s toll climbs, but hospital is slow to change,” Nov. 17; “MRSA: Patients revolt against hospital secrecy,” Nov. 18; “State to begin tracking hospital cases tied to deadly germ MRSA,” Nov. 19].

In a time when newspapers are cutting back on personnel, news and space, etc., you have chosen to run an investigation that truly will affect positive change for this disease and much needed transformation within the health care industry.

There can be no mission more important than saving lives and saving people from needless pain and suffering; you have done that with your series on MRSA. The MRSA epidemic has been lying in secrecy for decades and I would hope that your dedication to public service will inspire others in the media to continue to expose the truth and protect citizens.

— Jeanine Thomas, Hinsdale, Ill.

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