More Americans younger than 65 are being treated for skin and soft tissue infections, costing about $24 billion a year, according to a study led by Loren G. Miller of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's Infection Control Program. From 2005 to 2008, SSTI rates increased from 41.0 to 45.5 per 1,000 person-years, with the highest incidence in the 45 to 64 age group. The highest complication rates were associated with decubitus ulcers and nonhealing surgical wounds, the researchers found.

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