Mike, The Mad Biologist , recently attended a Network on Antimicrobial Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus meeting, and came out with some new statistics that you will want to see. Here are a couple of highlights, be sure and read the whole story at Mike’s blog:
- 43% of all skin infections in the U.S. are the result of one strain of MRSA. Not 43% of staphylococcal infections. All skin infections. [Whoa.]
- Most MRSA used to be hospital-acquired (the infection began after 48 hours had be spent in the hospital; ‘HA-MRSA’). Now, roughly 75% of MRSA are either community-acquired (the patient enters the hospital infected and onset occurs before 24 hours has been spent in the hospital; ‘CA-MRSA’) or hospital-associated community onset MRSA (onset occurs between 24-48 hours of hospital entry; ‘HACO-MRSA’). [That is a huge number!]
Thanks for sharing the info, Mike!