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Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Outpatients, United States, 1999-2006

Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Outpatients, United States, 1999-2006

The Question

How has an increase in community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) affected the overall burden of MRSA within hosptitals?

What we found

In contrast to results found elsewhere, this study finds that the increase in CA-MRSA has not been accompanied by a substantial decrease in hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA).  Instead, the decrease has been modest and increased prevalence of CA-MRSA adds to the overall burden of MRSA within hospital populations.

Why it matters

MRSA has become a serious challenge to hospitals and healthcare providers because of resistance to antibiotic treatments.