There are many MRSA statistics and some are just posted for their ability to create shock and awe. There are a lot of statistics here, some are encouraging and some are not.
Remember when reading statistics, the medical community is making major advances all the time in the treatment of staph infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
MRSA Statistics And Terms
There are just a few terms to be familiar with when doing research about MRSA.
- Surveillance – watching and tracking it
- Invasive infection – serious infection
- Colonization – bacteria present, but not presenting symptoms
General MRSA Statistics
More people die from MRSA than from AIDS. Some organizations estimate (2011) that over one million people in the United States are infected with this bacteria and responsible for over 100,000 deaths. Of all the staph infections, MRSA is the most common family of bacteria. Statistics show that about one in three people have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in the nose, usually colonized. People can prevent most this infection by simply washing their hands.
There are actually studies that show some MRSA infections have decreased. Hospital acquired (HA-MRSA) declined 28% from 2005 to 2008. People, who were exposed to health care settings before being admitted in a hospital, were tested for this infection and it was found that there was a 17% drop. From 1997 to 2007, there was a 50% decrease in hospitalized patients that acquired a MRSA blood infection. 85% of all invasive MRSA infections occurred in healthcare facilities with two-thirds of patients contracting infections after their stay and one-third while in the facility. 2011 reports showed that invasive MRSA infections are decreasing.
Serious MRSA Statistics
Serious MRSA cases are infections that have spread from the skin to other parts of the body. In 2010 reports of this type reached 94,000 with only 14% will spread to the community. Approximately 200 children per year develop a serious MRSA infection. In the blood infections from central line (a tube that a doctor usually places in a large vein of a patient’s neck or chest to administer medical treatment) result in death 25% of the time. These types of infections have been reduced by 58% since 2001.
CA-MRSA is on the rise. It may be because more people are using antibacterial products in the community and it is allowing stronger bacteria to survive and mutate. In 1974 about 2% of all staph infections were MRSA; currently (2011) the estimation is that 70% of all staph infections are MRSA.
There are many statistics on MRSA, which are the result of studies that include global surveillance while others may only include local data. Sometimes it takes years before statistics are published to the general public, but your healthcare professionals should have the most current statistics.