Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection may be significantly more widespread than previously thought. Investigators analyzed data from more than 1200 county, public, and private health care facilities across the country, including centers for acute care, cancer, cardiac care, pediatric care, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
Community Acquired MRSA
SAN FRANCISCO -- The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in U.S. hospital patients is now nearly 5% -- dramatically higher than previously thought, according to a nationwide survey of healthcare facilities.
CHICAGO -- Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) may target certain vulnerable populations and does not displace community-acquired methicillin-sensitive S. aureus.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) became a "bug" to be reckoned with nearly 50 years ago. At that time, however, it targeted only patients who were exposed to infection in the hospital.
In recent years, the epidemiology of MRSA has significantly changed. The pathogen is now a major culprit in community-acquired infections.
With the significant rise in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, a small rise in the number of cases of Clostridium difficile colitis appears to be an unfortunate but unpreventable consequence of using the few effective antibiotics remaining that can be prescribed in the outpatient setting.
TORONTO -- Necrotizing fasciitis may be caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, especially in areas where community-acquired MRSA is prevalent, researchers reported here.
BOSTON -- National standards for hospital room decontamination do not completely prevent transmission of antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a federally sponsored study.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even with appropriate antibiotics, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections relapse about 25% of the time, researchers reported here. And for MRSA-related osteomyelitis, there is a 46% relapse rate.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A porcine wrinkle has emerged in the struggle against community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in The Netherlands, researchers recounted here.
HOUSTON -- Children with acute bacterial infections of skeletal muscle caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are showing up with increasing frequency in pediatric clinics and hospitals, researchers here reported.