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More U.S. Deaths From MRSA Than AIDS

In 2005, More Than 18,000 Deaths Attributed to MRSA, CDC Reports

Community-Acquired MRSA

The vast majority of MRSA infections occurring outside of the health care setting are noninvasive. These community-acquired infections generally take the form of skin infections and are more easily treated.

In the CDC study, people with what appeared to be community-acquired invasive MRSA infections had better outcomes than those with health care acquired infections, Klevens tells WebMD.

"Most severe infections are health care related, but that is not to trivialize community-associated infections," she says. "The vast majority of community infections are noninvasive, but our study shows that invasive MRSA disease does occur in people without established health care risk factors."

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