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October 17, 2007

Antimicrobial Resistance: It's Not Just for Hospitals

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Author Affiliation: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, California.

JAMA. 2007;298(15):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/jama.298.15.1803

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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