Sunday, May 2, 2010

Getting nosy about MRSA

Getting nosy about MRSA

According to researchers at a Rhode Island Hospital, in the United States approximately 1% of the population carries some type of MRSA around in their noses. In a sample of 2,055 people, researchers found MRSA in the noses of 20% of long-term elder care patients. Outpatient and inpatient kidney dialysis patients and HIV patients also carried MRSA in their noses.

MRSA in the nose has been associated with increased rates of MRSA-related pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and surgical site infection.

More research is necessary to determine why a certain segment of the population has MRSA up the nose.

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