New research finds that hospital patients have become somewhat safer in recent years against the threat of an MRSA infection.
MRSA, the so-called "super bug" is a common problem in hospitals around the world. The microbes have generally developed a resistance to antibiotics and kill thousands of patients and other victims each year.
According to an announcement from the University of Rochester Medical Center, there are 1.7 million MRSA cases in the U.S. each year, about 99,000 of which end up as fatalities.
However, the latest research finds a decline of about 17 percent in healthcare-associated MRSA cases between 2005 and 2008 in nine communities nationwide. There was also a 28 percent decline among patients who were in the hospital. The study was said to cover a wide demographic area that included some 15 million residents.
"Preventing these infections is a national priority. While the numbers undoubtedly show we've made progress, more work remains," said Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati of the University of Rochester.
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