Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. MRSA is associated with skin diseases, soft-tissue infections, pneumonia and septicemia. Until recently, MRSA has been primarily hospital-associated (HA), however community-associated (CA) outbreaks have been seen among athletes, prisoners, military recruits, daycare attendees, and other groups of people who live in crowded settings and routinely share contaminated items. Poor hygiene practices, such as lack of hand washing, may spread the bacteria easily.
In a recent article released by Princeton University, researchers used complex mathematical techniques to analyze both strains to find that HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA are genetically different and react to their respective environments differently. While hospital strains continue to be resistant to antibiotics, community strains showed less resilience to treatment. Frequent and aggressive hospital based antibiotic treatments will likely effectively treat patients with the community strain preventing new strains from forming. The CDC strongly recommends a contact precaution strategy for healthcare facilities.
Ensure that rooms of patients on Contact Precautions are prioritized for frequent cleaning and disinfection (e.g., at least daily) with a focus on frequently-touched surfaces (e.g., bed rails, overbed table, bedside commode, lavatory surfaces in patient bathrooms, doorknobs) and equipment in the immediate vicinity of the patient.
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Reference: Kouyos R., Klein E. & Grenfell B. (2013). Hospital-Community Interactions Foster Coexistence between Methicillin-Resistant Strains of Staphylococcus aureus. PLoS Pathogens, 9 (2) e1003134. PMID: 23468619
Source: Princeton University