A new study reports that 63% of staphylococcal skin and soft tissue infections are due to CA-MRSA (Community Acquired MRSA).
Empiric antibiotics were inadequate in 2/3 of cases simply because they did not cover CA-MRSA.
Notes from Dr. RW discusses the study in detail.
Emergence of Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus USA 300 Clone as the Predominant Cause of Skin and Soft-Tissue Infections. March 7, 2006. Annals of Internal Medicine.
MRSA Is Striking Gay Men. NYTimes, 01/2008.
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