Expert: Hospital settings may help staph infections thrive

11/9/2005 | Yahoo!

Antibiotic-free hospitals and surgeons' use of "good" bacteria are two methods proposed by one expert for helping combat the rising problem of drug-resistant staph infections in hospitals. Dr. Mark Spigelman of the University College London notes that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus occurs primarily in hospitals and nursing homes. He suggests that the very tools used to combat infection -- hand-scrubbing and antibiotics -- may be reasons the infection thrives in such settings.

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