U.S. researchers say cases of pediatric ear, nose and throat infections caused by hard-to-treat MRSA bacteria increased from about 12% to 28% from 2001 to 2006. Study author Dr. Steven Sobol says that in many areas of the U.S., the number of these resistant infections has been increasing at an alarming rate. The study found 60% of cases were believed to have been contracted outside a hospital setting.

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