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MRSA: How community education can help control infection


Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) can lead to endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and septicemia in severe cases.1 And for as many as 11,000 people in the United States each year, MRSA can also be fatal.2, 3

For many years, the number of patients with MRSA infection in US hospitals continued to rise dramatically—from less than 2,000 cases in 1993 to approximately 368,600 cases in 2005.4 But as awareness has grown and protocols for reducing the transmission of MRSA have been implemented, significant inroads have already been made for its reduction. According to Centers for Disease Control data, the incidence of hospital-acquired MRSA fell by as much as 54% from 2005 to 2011 while the number of annual MRSA-associated deaths reduced by 9,000 over the same period.2, 3

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