Race, other socioeconomic factors linked to community-acquired MRSA risk

A study published in BMC Infectious Diseases examined risks for community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in children.

Researchers conducted an epidemiology study from Jan. 1, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2010, in the U.S., involving children treated for Staphylococcus aureus infections.

Researchers found:

• CA-MRSA increased at higher rates compared to non-resistant forms.
• Children without health insurance or public health insurance had higher odds of CA-MRSA infection.
• Black children were almost 1.5 times as likely as white children to have CA-MRSA infections.

The increased likelihood of black children experiencing CA-MRSA as compared to white children persisted at the block group level along with household crowding.

Additionally, young age was risk factor for CA-MRSA, with children in the youngest category of age (younger than 4 years) experiencing increased risk for CA-MRSA.

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