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Primer on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Maryn McKenna, a freelance journalist and author and a contributing writer at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy who is writing a book on drug-resistant staph, prepared this comprehensive primer for AHCJ members. It covers the science and history of MRSA, as well as treatment, drug development and reporting legislation. McKenna includes a thorough bibliography.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: History

Basics about staph

Emergence of hospital-acquired MRSA

Outbreaks

Identifying the strain

Emergence of community-associated MRSA

Outbreaks

Identifying the strain

Chapter 2: The current situation

How much MRSA is there?

Recent HA-MRSA findings

Recent CA-MRSA findings

Blurring the boundaries between the strains

Chapter 3: Recognition and diagnosis

Chapter 4: Treatment and drug development

Uncomplicated infections

Invasive infections

Drug conservation

Research activism

Vaccine prospects

Chapter 5: Current controversies and issues

Prevention and control in hospitals

Active surveillance

Mandated screening and reporting

Animal reservoirs

Athletics and cleanliness

Bibliography


Maryn McKenna is a freelance journalist and author and a contributing writer at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Her book on drug-resistant staph will be published by Free Press in 2009. McKenna writes about MRSA on her blog, Superbug.