An intensive program that focused on active monitoring of high-risk patients, proper hand washing and other measures, resulted in about 35% reduction in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus cases between 1993 and 2007, with the rate more significantly declining in intensive care units, a French study showed. The findings suggest that "a sustained reduction of MRSA burden can be obtained at the scale of a large hospital institution with high endemic MRSA rates, providing that an intensive program is maintained for a long period," the researchers said.

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