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Infectious Disease: MRSA is on the Rise

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Severe skin infections are increasing among children and becoming one of the most common reasons for hospitalization, a new study finds.

In 2009, about 71,900 children spent time in the hospital because of serious skin infections, a rate of 9.4 cases out of every 10,000 children — up from 4.5 cases per 10,000 children in 2000. By 2009, skin infections had become the seventh most common reason for hospitalization among children, moving up from the 13th spot in 2000.

Make sure hands are washed as often as possible to prevent the spread and contraction of this very powerful staph infection.

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