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MRSA more prevalent than HIV and flu combined

August 07, 2012
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WASHINGTON — New research confirms that rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have more than doubled in the five years between 2003 and 2008, according to The Atlantic.

Although not all show immediate symptoms, roughly one in every 20 healthcare patients is now battling what has been called "the bacteria of the decade," the story stated.

According to the story, in each of the last three years, more MRSA-infected patients have checked into hospitals than those testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or influenza combined.

While healthcare-acquired MRSA cases dropped by 28 percent from 2005-2008, according to reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the exponential rise in overall cases points to the prevalence of community-acquired strains, the story noted.

As evidenced by studies from researchers at the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and the University of Chicago Medicine, the numbers might be artificially low due to the under-reporting of MRSA cases if patients were hospitalized for some other ailment, the story added.
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