Community MRSA rising in children

MRSA infections are becoming increasingly common in children, and now account for one in five community-acquired staphylococcus aureus infections treated in hospitals, Sydney researchers have shown.

In a review of 403 children presenting with community-acquired S. aureus infection at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, paediatricians found 19% were caused by MRSA.

MRSA infections were strongly linked with more serious skin and soft tissue infection with abscess formation