There's been a dramatic surge in the number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections.
A study out Monday in the journal Pediatrics found disease incidence increased from two cases to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. That's a 10-fold increase.
Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital.
The study involved methicillin-resistant staph infections, called MRSA. These used to occur mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. But they are increasingly showing up in other settings in children and adults. Recent evidence suggests hospital-acquired MRSA cases may be declining while community-acquired cases are becoming more common.
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