MRSA Rates Decline in Hospitals; Rise in Children

World MRSA Day (October 2) is focused on public education about prevention of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in healthcare settings as well as in the community. It is well timed, as a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called National Burden of Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections, United States, 2011 cites declines of 27-54 percent in healthcare-associated MRSA infections, but a relatively flat rate of change in the incidence of community-associated infections.

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