Silent MRSA Carriers Have Twice the Mortality Rate of Adults Without the Bacteria (EurekAlert)

Silent MRSA Carriers Have Twice the Mortality Rate of Adults Without the Bacteria

A University of Florida study of middle-aged and older adults finds those who unknowingly carry methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, on their skin are twice as likely to die within the next decade as people who do not have the bacteria.

“Very few people who carry MRSA know they have it, yet we have found a distinct link between people with undetected MRSA and premature death,” said the study’s lead author Arch G. Mainous III, Ph.D., a professor in the department of health services research, management and policy at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, part of UF Health, the university’s academic health center.

The findings suggest that routine screening for undetected MRSA may be warranted in older people to prevent deaths from infection.

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