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Community-acquired skin infections in the age of Methicillin-resistant organisms

The epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has changed considerably over the past decade. Initially, hospitalized patients acquired MRSA in the healthcare environment, but now cases of MRSA infections have been found in people who were not hospitalized and had no underlying illnesses. An estimated 95,000 people in the United States developed MRSA infections during 2005, and 19,000 Americans died from MRSA infections that year. Fourteen percent of those MRSA infections were community associated and 85 percent were hospital or other health setting associated. Agency for healthcare research and quality - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ Publication No. 11-0007-1-EF October 2010.

Author: Levy BT, Daly J

Published: 01/10/2010

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality