MRSA Cases are Declining

The federal government reported Tuesday that the infections caused by the bacterium methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, seems to be declining in medical settings nationwide.  It’s welcome news to hospital administrators and infection-control officials although the reasoning behind the decline is unclear.  “We’re very happy about this,” said Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, and associated professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Hospitals have done a lot over the past decade to make care safer.” MRSA spreads easily and rapidly in hospitals and is difficult to treat.  Each year in the United States, 90,000 MRSA infections associated with healthcare are reported each year and is responsible for an estimated 15,000 deaths.  Although the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium is commonly found on the skin and nose and is general harmless, in cases of invasive MRSA, it spreads to the blood, lungs, soft tissue, bones or joints.  Dr. Alexander J. Kallen, a medical officer at the CDC, said “We’ve seen slow, relentless increases of MRSA over time. So, we are very encouraged to see a substantial decrease.”

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