Community overtakes hospital for golden staph infections

Study shows which groups are most at risk

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have become more prevalent in the community than in hospitals, researchers report.

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While the prevalence of these infections, commonly known as golden staph, has declined in Australia, the microbiologists found that 60% of MRSA patients from a study of almost 40,000 patients had not been admitted to a public hospital in the year before infection.

People younger than 40, Indigenous Australians and residents of aged-care facilities appeared to be at highest risk.