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Superbug study: 'Universal' MRSA control may make the most sense
Superbug study: 'Universal' MRSA control may make the most sense

Using antibacterial soap and ointments to treat all patients in an intensive care unit — not just those who test positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA — reduced presence of the antibiotic-resistant superbug by 37% and blood-borne infections in general by 44%, researchers said. The finding suggests that the current practice of testing incoming patients for MRSA and isolating the ones who seem to have the bug on their bodies — which is recommended by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and mandated by nine states including California — might not be the best way to fight MRSA, which accounts for more healthcare-associated...

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