MRSA is persistent outside of hospitals

A recent publication of JAMA Internal Medicine found that “the number of invasive MRSA infections picked up outside health care settings has not changed much from 2000 to 2011, and researchers pointed out that the number of those types of infections has for the first time outstripped the number acquired in hospitals.”“One possible contribution to the increased spread of MRSA infections comes from the use of antibiotics in intensive pig farming. A 2008 study in Canada found MRSA in 10% of tested pork chops and ground pork; a U.S. study in the same year found MRSA in the noses of 70% of the tested farm pigs and in 45% of the tested pig farm workers. There have also been anecdotal reports of increased MRSA infection rates in rural communities with pig farms.”

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