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Drug-resistant staph causes more pneumonia

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7:43pm, October 12, 2004

From Boston, at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Last winter, a recently discovered bacterial variant became a major cause of severe pneumonia among people who caught the flu.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has long been a menace in hospitals, where it can spread from one patient to another. Resistant to a class of penicillin-like antibiotics, MRSA causes difficult-to-treat pneumonias and infections of the skin, blood, and surgical sites.

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