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Why is MRSA in kids a concern?

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MRSA is a concern today because it can be harder to treat than other infections, and it's infecting healthy people -- not just those with weakened immune systems like it did in the past. This type of MRSA is called community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). That's because it affects people in the community, outside of hospitals and nursing homes. And, with more people infected with community-associated MRSA, more children with MRSA have been admitted to hospitals.

From: MRSA and Staph Infections in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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