anyone who has ever worked in a hospital is very familiar with MRSA which is an aggressive form of Staph infection and some cases are anti-biotic resistant.
Most staph infections and MRSA are usually picked up in hospitals. That is why it is alarming that MRSA is being found outside of the hospital .
Years ago if you worked in certian areas of the hospital (ICU,operating rooms etc...) they used to swab employees nasal area to see if you were a carrier of Staph or MRSA, but since so many people, were carriers and/or the overall cost of routinely checking people, most hospitals stopped doing this.
Most MRSA outbreaks go undetected by the "normal"community because it is usually confined to a healthcare system, therefor it is not publically reported. You can find out through the health department, or the state because hospitals do have to report their infection control data.
I agree with the over use of anti-bacterial soap, we are not building immunities to common germs. We also over use anti-biotics and I believe we are over vaccinating. It is surprising the number of healthcare workers and military personnel that have developed auto immune disorders. Both are fields where people are vaccinated for everything. I know that the veterinarians have linked the over vaccinating of our pets to the rise of auto-immune disorders. That is why my vet only vaccinates every other year.