Did Barry Manilow Contract a Dangerous Infection?
EliseR on 1 Sep 2011 at 4:00pm
It's no secret that Barry Manilow is keen on occasional (read: frequent) nips and tucks, but did the singer-songwriter contract the potentially-deadly MRSA bacteria from so much time on the table?
The National Enquirer started speculation that led many to believe Manilow contracted MRSA when they posted this blind item on August 17:
WHICH Grammy-winning singer is battling a serious MRSA infection due to his numerous plastic surgery procedures? The entertainer’s botched face has been the talk of Hollywood and Las Vegas for years, but now his thin frame and freaky features have people whispering louder than ever!
After plenty of humming and hawing Enquirer believers pointed fingers at Manilow, who won a Grammy for his hit song Copacabana in 1979.
Barry isn't the only hit machine to be the target of MRSA accusations. In 2009 the late Michael Jackson (right) received the same accusations after a revision rhinoplasty had him wearing a surgical mask and sitting in a wheel chair for over a month. The rumor was later confirmed.
While National Enquirer articles should be taken with a grain of salt, here are some truths about MRSA:
MRSA, short for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to some antibiotics.
According to PubMed Health, "those who have been hospitalized or had surgery within the past year are also at increased risk."
Only 2.4% of hospital inpatients become infected with MRSA.
Only 5% of people with MRSA die from it.
- RealSelf doctors say the chance of contracting MRSA during abdominoplasty is 1% or less.
Preventing MRSA Infections
The best way to protect yourself from MRSA when getting surgery is to scope out a clean and sterile clinic that abides by a strict health code (like the FDA's Code of Federal Regulations, which are required for all medical practices in the United States).
Obviously there are plenty of happy and healthy elective surgery patients. But since chances of MRSA are increased when you have surgery, Manilow and Jackson put themselves at greater risk every time they decided on another procedure.