Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 18:32
A report released earlier this week suggests as many
as 5 percent of hospital and nursing home patients may become infected with a
dangerous, drug-resistant staph germ.
The superbug may afflict 30,000 U.S.
hospital patients at any given time, the survey, released by the Association for
Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, suggests. This estimate is
approximately 10 times previous estimates by some health officials. The
superbug at issue is called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and it
cannot be controlled by common antibiotics. It can cause skin infections, blood
infections, pneumonia and other illnesses. The germ is spread by touch and
thrives in healthcare settings where open wounds are prevalent.