MRSA for Health Professionals

Last Updated: July 31, 2018
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The following are additional MRSA resources for health professionals

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Status as a Public Health Issue

  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) conducted an assessment of antibiotic resistance threats, categorizing the threat level of bacteria as urgent, serious, or concerning, based on 7 factors (clinical impact, economic impact, incidence, 10-year projection of incidence, transmissibility, availability of effective antibiotics, and barriers to prevention), published in 2013.

  • CDC's assessment is that MRSA is considered a serious threat because the number of serious infections is decreasing and there are multiple effective antibiotics for treating infections; however, MRSA infections can be very serious, and the number of infections are still among the highest of antibiotic-resistant threats. If MRSA infection rates increase or MRSA strains become more resistant to other antibiotics, then MRSA may change from a serious to an urgent threat. These assessments are updated at least every 5 years.

  • Between 2005 and 2011 overall rates of invasive MRSA dropped 31%; the largest declines (54%) were observed among infections occurring during hospitalization. Success began with preventing central-line associated bloodstream infections with MRSA, where rates fell nearly 50% from 1997 to 2007.

  • During the past decade, rates of MRSA infections have increased rapidly among the general population (people who have not recently received care in a healthcare setting). There is some evidence that these increases are slowing, but they are not following the same downward trends as healthcare-associated MRSA.

Source: CDC, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States External Link 2013.

Clinical Management

Infection Control in the Military


Special Populations

Additional Information

Journal Articles - MRSA and the Military (newest first by publish date)