Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)


  • Common European MRSA Originated in Africa
    The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • MRSA Colonization Common in Groin and Rectal Areas
    Colonization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) allows people in the community to unknowingly harbor and spread this life-threatening bacteria. The inside of the front of the nose is where this bacteria is most predominant, but new research shows nearly ...More
    August 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Review of MRSA Carriage Among Healthcare Workers in Non-Outbreak Settings in Europe and U.S.
    A recent review estimated prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare workers (HCWs) to be 4.6 percent. However, MRSA carriage in HCWs in non-outbreak settings is thought to be higher than in an outbreak situation, due to increased hygiene ...More
    July 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Increase in MRSA Prompts Updated IDSA Guidelines for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
    The number of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) has skyrocketed due to the spread of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). But many SSTIs – even those caused by the superbug MRSA – are minor and either heal on their own or are easily treated ...More
    June 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Strategies to Combat MRSA in Hospitals
    New guidelines aim to reduce the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), improve patient safety and prioritize current prevention efforts underway in hospitals. This drug-resistant bacterium is a common source of patient morbidity and mortality in ...More
    June 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • MRSA Rates Vary Dramatically Across Geographic Areas
    The rates of community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) varied dramatically among academic medical centers in California, New York, Illinois and North Carolina, suggesting there is not a uniform change in the "national epidemic" of the "superbug" ...More
    June 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Electronic Cigarettes May Boost Resistance of Drug-Resistant Pathogens
    Despite being touted by their manufacturers as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes appear in a laboratory study to increase the virulence of drug- resistant and potentially life-threatening bacteria, while decreasing the ability of human cells to kill these ...More
    May 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Declining MRSA Infections at a Tertiary Care Center: Exploration of Trends and Etiology
    Methicillinā€resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is a concern to all healthcare providers as MRSA infections are associated with significant patient morbidity and mortality. MRSA infected patients have nearly twice the mortality rate, longer hospital stays, and higher health costs ...More
    May 19, 2014 Posted in Articles
  • Use of Surveillance, Preventive Measures for MRSA Infections in Surgical Patients
    The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) found that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is associated with up to 375,000 infections and 23,000 deaths in the United States. It is a major cause of surgical site infections, with a higher mortality ...More
    May 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Humans and Companion Animals Harbor the Same Types of MRSA
    A shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "Our study ...More
    May 13, 2014 Posted in News
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