SYLMAR, Calif. -- Methicillin-resistant bacteria are taking emergency room doctors back a half-century to the pre-penicillin days, when skin infections were lanced and drained.
Community Acquired MRSA
TORONTO -- HIV patients are 18 times more likely than the general population to become infected with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and the rate appears to be increasing.
ATLANTA — Six unrelated clusters of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection involving 44 people in three states have been linked to 13 unlicensed street-corner tattoo artists.
New guidelines recommend a different regimen for patients with native valve endocarditis caused by MRSA.
MRSA is the second most common pathogen isolated in the ICU setting, associated with 52.9% of nosocomial infections.1 Colonization of patients with S aureus (methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant) has been found to be important for the development of subsequent infections, including bacteremia.2-4 The primary reservoir of S aureus in humans is the anterior nares and, to a lesser extent, the perineum and skin.5,6 As a result, topical antibiotics and antiseptics have been used to eradicate colonization in a variety of patient populations in an effort to prevent infection and to control transmission of MRSA.
Stories about community-associated infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been making headlines in recent months in both the medical and popular press. A familiar problem in hospitals and nursing homes for decades, growing numbers of MRSA infections have been documented over the past few years in prison inmates, soldiers, athletes, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, Native Americans, and men who have sex with men.