MRSA 300 presenets unique challenges, new treatments

Dermatology Times
John Jesitus
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Among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains, MRSA 300 is proving particularly widespread and hardy, an expert says. Fortunately, he adds, recently approved intravenous (IV) antibiotics for MRSA require fewer doses than their predecessors.

MRSA 300 has grown particularly problematic in the United States, says Theodore Rosen, M.D., professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Typically presenting as abscesses and cellulitis, it is the most common MRSA strain found in the general population, as well as in athletes, soldiers, IV drug users, the homeless and men who have sex with men.

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