Study: MRSA infections down among Tricare patients

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MRSA infection rates declined among Tricare inpatients and outpatients between 2005 and 2010, according to a study in the July 4 Journal of the American Medical Association. The study looks at methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections among patients in the Department of Defense health care program. "These observations, taken together with results from others showing decreases in the rates of healthcare-associated infections from MRSA, suggest that broad shifts in the epidemiology of S aureus infections may be occurring," the authors conclude. "Additional studies are needed to assess whether these trends will continue, which prevention methods are most effective and to what degree other factors may be contributing."


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