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MRSA on Rise

October 18th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Community acquired MRSA, a highly contagious infection, is on the rise across Florida. Doctors have noticed a steep increase in the number of patients with the infections, although specific numbers are hard to come by since the disease is not required to be reported to state health officials. Dr.  John Mahoney, a Pathologist at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, says more patients are showing up at Tallahassee hospitals.

“Some of these patients are being admitted to the hospital because of the infection,” Mahoney said. “We probably now see between 60 and 75 cases a week. Not all of them are being admitted but some are for a variety of reasons, and some are being treated in the emergency room.”

The disease can be spread by inhaling, hand contact, or even from a whirlpool.

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