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Hospitalised children put at risk of MRSA

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Hospitalised children colonised, but not sick, with MRSA are at considerable risk of developing full-blown infections, say US researchers online in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

They studied 3,140 children admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit over three years.

Screening found 153 arrived at the hospital already colonised with MRSA.

Compared with non-carriers, these patients were nearly six times more likely to develop invasive MRSA infections after discharge and eight times more likely to develop them while still hospitalised.

The authors said: “Mitigating this risk is a serious priority.”

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