Michigan nursing facilities see drop in MRSA, but VRE cases nearly triple

While methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus cases have decreased steadily in Michigan-based nursing facilities from 2003 to 2016, the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, has nearly tripled, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

Researchers examined data from four multisite nursing facility studies based in Michigan from 2003 to 2016.

The first study included:

● 14 nursing facilities
● 208 residents
● A one-year study period (2003-2004)

The second study included:

● 15 nursing facilities
● 178 residents
● A five-year study period (2005-2010)

The third study included:

● 12 nursing facilities
● 414 residents
● A 13-year study period (2010-2013)

The fourth study included:

● Six nursing facilities
● 651 residents
● A two-year study period (2014-2016)

Researchers for the current study found that the prevalence of MRSA declined in each sequential study, dropping from 37.1 percent of participants being infected with MRSA in the first study to 13.4 percent in the fourth study. However, prevalence of VRE increased exponentially, from 9.9 percent in the first study to 28.9 percent in the final study.

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