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12 August 2011

MRSA common in kids on antibiotics

Kids who get lots of antibiotics from their doctors are more likely to harbour the MRSA superbug, although it's still rare, a new study of British youngsters has found.

Kids who get lots of antibiotics from their doctors are more likely to harbour the MRSA superbug, although it's still rare, a new study of British youngsters has found

While that doesn't prove the drugs are to blame for the antibiotic-resistant bacterium, it would make biological sense, researchers say.

"This just provides more evidence to support redoubling our efforts to decrease antibiotic use," Dr Daniel J. Diekema, who was not involved in the new work, said.

It is estimated that in 2005, MRSA caused severe infections in nearly 95,000 Americans and killed more than 18,500 of them.

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