The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that bloodstream infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus remain a significant and deadly problem in US hospitals, and that progress on reducing the most dangerous type of staph infection has stalled.

According to the agency’s latest Vital Signs report, more than 119,000 people suffered from S aureusbloodstream infections in 2017, and nearly 20,000 died. In addition, the report found that while the rate of methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections in US hospitals fell by more than 17% annually from 2005 through 2012, the rates of decline has slowed since then.

The report also found that MRSA infections that originate in the community have been declining more slowly than hospital-onset cases, and community-onset methicillin-susceptible S aureus(MSSA) infections are on the rise.

“The bottom line is this: We have prevented many staph infections, but while we’ve made important progress, our data show that more needs to be done to stop all types of staph infections,” CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, MD, said in a telebriefing.

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Trends in hospital, community infections

Credit: CDC

 

See also:

Mar 5 CDC Vital Signs report

Mar 5 CDC Vital Signs report on staph infections in VA medical centers

Mar 5 SHEA press release