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Staph Infection Prognosis
If a staph infection is treated early with appropriate antibiotics and, if necessary, surgical drainage, the patient's prognosis is excellent. However, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns that the outcome of a MRSA infection varies both with the severity of the infection and the general condition of the person who has the infection. MRSA pneumonia and sepsis (infection of the blood) have high death rates; the calculated death rate of invasive MRSA is about 20%. HA-MRSA (hospital-acquired MRSA) infections are a growing problem; it is reported that about 19,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are due to HA-MRSA, which is more deaths than HIV causes per year. Fortunately, people who have good general health and have mild CA-MRSA (community-acquired MRSA) that is appropriately treated recover in almost every case.
Staph Infection Information
"Emerging Infectious Diseases," CDC
"The Evolutionary History of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/99/11/7687
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/27/2015
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