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Staphylococcus (cont.)

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 blood poisoning 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 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014

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