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Posted Thu Jul 2 2009: from Infection Control Today:
NICUs Seeing More Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections
The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in U.S. neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has more than tripled in recent years, reports a study in the July issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.... Of approximately 4,400 staph infections tested for antibiotic resistance, 23 percent were MRSA. From 1995 to 2004, the rate of late-onset MRSA infections increased by 308 percent: from less than one to about three infections for every 10,000 hospital days. The sharpest increase in MRSA infections occurred after 2002. The smallest infants -- those with very low birth weights of 1,000 grams (about 35 ounces) -- had the sharpest increase in MRSA infections. However, the infection rate rose in all birth weight groups.
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