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MRSA Creeping Into Hospitals From the Outside
Date:11/24/2009

nd that the infections were no more virulent than those already present.

"So far it hasn't been a big problem," Lessa said. "Our data suggested the community-associated strain doesn't seem to be taking off in hospitals and is not causing worse disease."

Other research also has shown a rise in community-associated strains. A study in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery found that MRSA infections in the ears, nose or sinuses of children more than doubled from 2001 to 2006, going from 12 percent to 28 percent of head-and-neck area infections.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on MRSA.



SOURCES: Eili Klein, doctoral candidate, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., and researcher, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.; Fernanda Lessa, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist, division of healthcare quality promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; December 2009, Emerging Infectious Diseases


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