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[News from the Scientific Literature] Growth and geographic variation in hospitalizations with resistant infections, United States, 2000-2005.
Date: 2008-12-17   Read: 103229

Zilberberg MD et al., EID 2008 Nov;14(11):1756-8

From 2000 through 2005, hospitalizations with resistant infections (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile-associated disease, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida infection) nearly doubled, from 499,702 to 947,393. Regional variations noted in the aggregate and by individual infection may help clarify modifiable risk factors driving these infections.

Over the past decade, the antimicrobial drug–resistance epidemic has been an increasing problem worldwide. This problem is caused by not only increasing frequency of the resistant organisms such as MRSA and C. difficile but also increase of their overall virulence. This study shows a substantial rise in the absolute number, incidence, and geographic variations across the US in hospitalizations in which infections have been caused by pathogens exhibiting antimicrobial resistance.

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