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There’s been a good amount of media coverage of the new study by ETC researchers in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, so we thought we’d share some of it with you.


  1. Reuters: Drug-resistant bacteria on increase in U.S.: study
  2. NPR Shots Blog: Staph: Blurring the Battle Lines
  3. Los Angeles Times Booster Shots Blog: Community-acquired MRSA spreading rapidly
  4. CNN: Outpatient spread of MRSA
  5. HealthDay/US News & World Report: MRSA Creeping Into Hospitals From the Outside
  6. AFP: Drug-resistant staph infections rising in US: study
  7. WebMD: MRSA Strain on the Rise in Hospitals
  8. Superbug: Community MRSA rates rising, and epidemics converging


In an analysis of more than 300 microbiology labs serving hospitals all over the United States, ETC researchers found that the proportion of MRSA cases in outpatients nearly doubled between 1999 and 2006.  The study found that much of the growing burden of MRSA was associated with a greater proportion of newer “community-associated” strains of MRSA, which rose in outpatient units from 3.6 percent to 28.2 percent—amounting to a seven-fold jump during the study period.