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Health Agencies Update
September 26, 2007

MRSA Infections Rise

JAMA. 2007;298(12):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.298.12.1389-a

Despite efforts to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the number of hospital stays for patients infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nearly tripled between 2000 and 2005, from 128 500 to 368 800, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHRQ's report, Infections With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in US Hospitals, 1993-2005, draws on a national database of hospital inpatient stays that includes 90% of all hospital discharges in the United States (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb35.pdf).