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Community-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as a cause of hospital-acquired infections

From a review of the literature the authors conclude that the distinction between CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA is becoming increasingly blurred In the UK, HA-MRSA still dominates. However, in other countries such as Greece and USA and low-level countries like Denmark, CAMRSA causes a significant portion of HAIs. Reports from several countries document that CA-MRSA is spreading from closed risk communities into the general population. Mathematical modelling suggests that transmission of MRSA in the community influences the occurrence of MRSA and thereby of HAI in hospitals significantly. CA-MRSA is thus a matter of serious concern and should be suppressed. J Hosp Infect. 2009 Dec;73(4):364-70. Epub 2009 Sep 27.

Author: Skov RL, Jensen KS

Published: 01/12/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Hospital Infection