Mrsa | MRSA Germ Can Cause Serious Infection In Children

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a germ that is connected to more than 18,600 deaths a year in the United States. According to a new study, hospitalized children who carry MRSA but show no signs of illness are still at high risk for developing full-blown infections, reports HealthDay.

The study was published online in the Aug. 30 issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases .

For the study, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center looked at the medical records of 3,140 children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit between 2007 and 2010.

Records showed that children who carried MRSA before they arrived at the hospital were nearly six times more likely to develop invasive MRSA infections after discharge than non-carriers and eight times more likely to develop them while still in the hospital, according to HealthDay.

Further, 15 children acquired MRSA while in intensive care, though they were MSRA-free when they came to the hospital. And, seven of those 15 developed serious infections, six of them while still in the hospital

MRS infections can

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