Dramatic Surge Seen In Kids Hospitalized With MRSA

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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  • by concerned Location: washington on May 17, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    Not surprising or new. CDC put out several warnings that humid areas such as locker rooms and gym areas should be kept clean. The lack of cleaning and sanitizing in these areas leaves many of of the students and athletes at risk. I know many athletes and former athletes at local schools that have suffered due to inadequate cleaning.
  • by Nana Location: Jacksonville NC on May 17, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    BACK- are you serious about the US being the only country allergic to Peanuts. You need to educate yourself with alot more information before you state anymore ridiculious comments like that...geesh!
  • by AnonymousD Location: IBX on May 17, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    to Back @ 730am: There are children in Canada, UK, Australia, Norway, Isreal, Denmark, & Germany that are allergic to peanuts.
  • by Amy Location: Washington on May 17, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    This is also being spread because of a lack of knowledge. No one is aware so therefore no one knows how not to spread this. Handwashing is the key, as with most illnesses. Also important is to keep an open infection covered and treated to avoid spreading it to others. For these parents whose children are being diagnosed, try waiting for a doctors clearance to send your kids back to school. This is a potentially dangerous disease, for your kid it might only be a minor skin infection, for someone else's it could mean death. We need more education so that people know what to look for and how to prevent spreading this. There were a few cases of this locally a couple of years ago. Woman had this, spread it to her kids, and sent her kids to school with an uncovered wound. She claimed it was not contagious. My question to her was, well how do you think you and your kids got it?
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    With all the antibiotics that are being added to meat and dairy products is there any wonder this is happening?? And look at all the years that all you had to do was sneeze and the doctor would give you antibiotics. This is something humans have created. Most doctors have stopped the dangerous practice of over prescribing antibiotics. Now we need to work on the beef, pork and chicken industry to stop with the antibiotics and hormones given to the stock that ends up as food and milk products.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on May 17, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    Could it be that parents are carrying their kids to the doctor for ANY little indication of sickness? My opinion is that this is the case way too often. Sometimes its better to let a small cold or other minor illness just run its course and help build the immune system. Did you know that the US is the only country where kids are allergic to peanuts? I stand by my opinion.

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