NEW YORK — Over the past several decades, staph infections resistant to multiple antibiotics have become a major problem for hospitals, according to a press release.
Such infections contracted outside of a medical setting have also been problematic: The rate of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) peaked at 62 percent of the population in 2006, the release stated.
According to the release, the increased awareness of this problem may finally have had some impact; a new study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), has identified a decline in the rate of MRSA infections among the over nine million military personnel (both active-duty and non-active) it observed.
Researchers led by Dr. Michael Landrum at the San Antonio Military Medical Center found that, between 2005 and 2010, there was a decline in the rate of both community-onset and hospital-onset MRSA, the release noted.
"Physicians and other healthcare professionals seem finally to be placing greater emphasis on improving hygienic environments in the hospital setting," said Landrum.
"It has been estimated that hospital infections — including those from MRSA — may have been responsible for 90,000 deaths a year, so it''s good to see that preventive measures are being taken to reduce the number of lives lost to hospital-onset bacterial infections," said American Council on Science and Health''s (ACSH) Dr. Gilbert Ross.
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