MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus, is a new hospital infection superbug that appears to be resistant to most antibiotic medications. MRSA infections account for about 8% of all hospital infections but are normally deadly. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million people each year contract hospital infections; however, the CDC admits that the study may underestimate how many people get hospital infections each year. In reality, nearly three times the estimated amount may suffer. To help stop MRSA infections, the CDC now recommends that all hospitals test incoming patients for MRSA contamination.
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