Monday, January 26, 2009

Drug Resistant Staph Prevalent Among Children

A staph infection can become a major medical concern for most people, and especially so if the person infected is a child. The infection can do a lot of damage, but is easily treated by conventional antibiotics. However, recent reports have found that children are starting to break that trend. Staph infections were once considered to be rare in areas such as the ear, nose, or throat. However, reports indicate that children are starting to develop infections in those areas far more than before. Doctors are also discovering an additional problem: the infections are showing resistance to most antibiotics used to treat them.

The study that found this report only managed to obtain data from a limited number of facilities, but there was enough evidence to suggest an overall trend. The increase of drug resistant staph infections in children was not just a fluke, and the data suggests that it may spread further. The change was noted to have occurred in parallel to an increase in community-acquired cases of staph resistant bacteria among people who were found to be healthy and did not require any sort of hospitalization.

Statistics and data indicate that the number of drug resistant staph infections appearing on the heads and necks of children had seen a dramatic increase over a six-year period. The strains found were largely resistant to methicillin, the antibiotic most commonly used to treat staph, and that it was found to manifest the most in the ear, nose, sinus, and pharynx. About 60% of all head and neck infections detected were found on children, and all of them had been in medical settings prior to the infection. It was noted that they could potentially have encountered other infected people while in the outpatient section. The situation and the data suggested that the children may have been exposed to resistant strains from the community.

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