ANNAPOLIS, MD — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a recent cluster of severe influenza cases involving a seasonal H3N2 strain, were complicated in at least two cases by drug-resistant bacterial infections, according to a press release.
The CDC said genetic sequencing showed that the H3N2 strain in the cluster was more than 99 percent similar to other H3N2 isolates submitted by Maryland health officials this season, the release stated.
According to the release, the CDC also confirmed the state''s earlier report that at least two of the cases involved co-infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Staph co-infection with flu "is a potentially catastrophic complication of influenza that can progress rapidly to serious illness and death," the CDC noted.
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