MRSA staph infection remain one of the hardest-to-treat infections, but according to recent reports, the rate of people picking up the infection in hospitals is falling. According to Fox News on Sept. 17, the MRSA staph infection rate is down by almost 30 percent.
The rate of the people who contracted a MRSA staph infection due to hospital stays dropped 50 percent, but the rate of infections caused outside of hospitals stayed the same.
The number of MRSA staph infection cases in the United States dropped from 111,300 cases in 2005 to 80,500 cases in 2011.
A MRSA staph infection starts with small red bumps on the skin, which can turn into painful sores. If the infection spreads past the skin, it can sometimes result in death. The problem with the MRSA strain is that regular staph infection creams will not work on it and only special antibiotic methicillin can treat MRSA.
There is also the fear that bodies can become resistant to this one particular type of medicine, and there isn't another choice.
The good news about these numbers is that MRSA staph infection cases often result in hospital stays when a patient is being treated for something else. There has been a large attempt to curtail the chances of contracting MRSA in a hospital, and the numbers are down from 21 infections per 100,000 people in 2005 to 15 infections per 100,000 people in 2011.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from a MRSA staph infection while in the hospital is to ask the doctors and nurses to wash their hands while you are watching them.