Screening For MRSA Can reduce It From Spreading

Schools all across eastern Carolina and the nation continue to deal with the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA

The infection has been prevalent in hospitals for years. Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville is one of two hospitals across the country that took a proactive approach to dealing with the infection. Since February, it has tested all patients for MRSA as they're being admitted. They've screened more than 27,000 patients and are using better technology to get results. They found one in 12 patients, or 8-percent of the people, had MRSA. That's double what they were expecting.

Doctors say screening all patients, not just the ones who are questionable for MRSA has helped keep the infection from spreading.


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