Children and Drug-Resistant Staph Infections: On the Rise

A recent study reveals that more children are developing serious strains of antibiotic-resistant respiratory (ear, nose and throat) staph infections, specifically known as “MRSA.”

According to a Reuters report, rates of MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, are increasing nationwide. According to Dr. Steven Sobol of Emory University, results of his new study are “alarming.”

At one time, MRSA was mainly seen in hospitals, as patients there are more likely to pick up the bug due to weakened immune systems. Currently, the number of children being diagnosed with MRSA outside of hospitals is 60%.

In 2001, 12% of staph infections were antibiotic resistant. That number has climbed to 28% in just five years, according to the wire service.

According to the report, doctors are being urged to prescribe antibiotics only when a bacterial infection is the diagnosis.

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