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The prevention of infections is an important safety priority in healthcare and the communityand in particular, the drug-resistant pathogens are of major concern. To date, hospital infections are a huge burden to society, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are a major focus of healthcare providers. As MRSA is a known pathogen of public importance, there is interest in determining whether there is change in incidence rates in patient populations. There is an estimated 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections that are associated with nearly 99 000 deaths in US hospitals.1 Healthcare-associated infections in general, and MRSA in particular, continue to burden patients and society, and prevention of infection has been a priority of healthcare providers. …
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