- Community-acquired MRSA Rising in NYC
June 12, 2012 — Hospitalization rates for community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in New York, NY, have more than tripled between 1997 and 2006, according to a report published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Unlike MRSA, which typically is acquired in health care facilities, CA-MRSA is acquired from community settings such as homes, schools, and neighborhoods. During the study period, 3,579 people were admitted to New York City hospitals with CA-MRSA, reports Infection Control Today. The rate of CA-MRSA increased from 113 people in 1997 to 875 admissions in 2006. Overall the study found that about 20 percent of all MRSA hospitalizations over the study period were community acquired.
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