Author Affiliation: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, California.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a well-known hospital pathogen. More than 10% of bloodstream infections in hospitals are due to MRSA, and patients with MRSA have worse outcomes than those with methicillin-sensitive S aureus.1,2 In recent years, identification of MRSA in otherwise healthy individuals in the community (community-associated MRSA) has become increasingly common.
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