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Staph Superbug More Prevalent, Study Shows

A recent study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC) revealed a much higher percentage of Methicillin Resistant Staph infections than previously thought. This study revealed that at least 30,000 U.S. hospital patients may have this superbug at any given time. MRSA, as the superbug is known, is resistent to many of the common antibiotics used against Staph infections and is associated with “sometimes horrific skin infections” also causing “blood infections, pneumonia and other illnesses“. According to the Associated Press review of this study, “The potentially fatal germ, which is spread by touch, typically thrives in health-care settings where people have open wounds. but in recent years, ‘community-associated’ outbreaks have occurred amoung prisoners, children and athletes, with the germ spreading through skin contact or shared items such as towels.”Click on the links below for more information…Summaries on this report can be found at The Washington Post.com, ABC News.com and The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Read the report from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC):Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)Study Results

More information is available on MRSA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking below:

 

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