The report of declining infections, he said, is welcome but not surprising news. The new report "confirms the trends we have seen in the last three or four years," Septimus added.
"The good news is, we are making progress," he pointed out. "It doesn't mean Staphylococcus aureus is no longer an important pathogen, because it is."
He also credits better infection-control practices for the decline, along with more awareness.
To minimize risk of invasive MRSA, Dantes and Septimus suggested following good hygiene at home, washing hands regularly and keeping any open area on the skin clean. Loved ones of hospitalized patients should make sure that those who care for the patients follow good hygiene practices, such as washing their hands before exams.
To learn more about MRSA, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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