According to a 2007 article in JAMA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) causes approximately 94,000 serious infections and 19,000 deaths in the United States each year. Of these, 86% are health care associated and 14% are community associated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that MRSA infection as a proportion of all staph infections has gone up dramatically in the last few decades. In 1974, MRSA infections accounted for two percent of all staph infections in the U.S. In 2004, MRSA represented 63% of staph infections. This increase is alarming, given the challenges of treating antibiotic-resistant infections. Read the rest of this entry »