Skin infections increase in U.S.

Hospital admissions for skin and soft tissue infections increased by 29 percent in the U.S. between 2000 and 2004, according to a study of hospital admission data which will appear in the September issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases

The researchers said the increase suggests, in light of cases of infectious pneumonia remaining steady, an  increasing prevalence of community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA). An advance copy of the study can be read here.

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