The latest findings from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) adds a new twist into fight against MRSA. While findings indicate a drop in most rates of MRSA infections, community-contracted MRSA infections show virtually no decline over the last six years.
The Brief on MRSA
MRSA otherwise known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is resistant to almost all types of antibiotics. The bacteria are continuing to evolve, and many fear that it will soon develop resistance to the antibiotics that currently help those infected to fight it. MRSA can cause extreme damage to the body and is potentially fatal when not recognized and controlled right away.
Until recently, the most common place to contract MRSA was in a hospital. Over the last five years or so, hospitals have been working hard to lower their rates of MRSA infections. It looks like the hard work has paid off. In the most recent findings from Dr. Raymond Dantes at the CDC, MRSA infections contracted in hospitals have fallen nearly 30% in the last decade. His studies show that there were approximately 111,300 MRSA infections in the U.S. in 2005 and only 80,500 in 2011. There are three main categories in which they track MRSA contraction rates, and here is a break down of the latest findings.
MRSA Contraction Rates by Category
In hospitals or health care facilities: Fell by 54%
Between 2005 and 2011, MRSA infection rates of those in a hospital or other health care setting fell dramatically as more hospitals practiced precautions for MRSA.
At home after recent health care stays: Fell by 28%
These MRSA infections are contracted when a person has just recently gotten out of a hospital or health care setting.
In the community: Fell only 5%
The most common community-contracted MRSA infections come from places like gyms, athletic facilities, schools and anywhere where there are lots of people in close contact . Read more about ways to contract MRSA outside the health care system in the post Trust the Center For Disease Control When It Comes to Facts About MRSA and Staph. The Center for Disease Control also maintains a collection of resources on MRSA including, prevention and who is the most at risk in the community.
Preventing MRSA in the Community
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Source: Seaman, Andrew M. “Hospital-acquired MRSA Infection Rates Falling: CDC.” Reuters.com. N.p., 16 Sept. 2013. Web. 8 Oct. 2013.