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Are life-threatening infections like MRSA largely confined to hospitals?

MRSA is very common. You can catch it in the community in which you live. You can also catch it in the hospital. One third of us carry around the germ without being affected by it. MRSA is most likely to be spread to an open wound.  Individuals that are prone to catch MRSA are young children with open wounds and people who participate in contact sports. In the hospital, patients are in greater danger of contracting MRSA infections as they have a weakened immune system.
MRSA can affect anyone, anywhere, in any community.  MRSA was once largely associated with hospitalized patients but recent trends show an increase within communities.  In 2007, the CDC found that 14% of MRSA infections were community associated.  Most MRSA infections are not life-threatening and affect mainly the skin and soft tissues.  Those that are life-threatening are commonly seen in hospitalized patients as they are ill with compromised immune systems making it easier for them to acquire such an infection.  

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