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Staph Infections on the Rise

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Staph infections have spread rapidly in recent years in some Chicago neighborhoods.

Dr. Bala Hota of Stroger Hospital is lead author of a new study on infections among the city’s urban poor. His study found cases rose nearly seven-fold in five years.

He says outbreaks can occur anywhere people occupy close quarters or have a lot of physical contact with others and is not limited to the low income areas.

HOTA: If we were in the suburbs of Chicago, in the North Shore or the Western suburbs, we might find that it’s just as common. So we might find that it’s commonly happening in school football teams or wrestling teams or people who go to the gym.

Hota says this particular strain, MRSA, is resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat skin infections. But patients have responded well to other drugs.

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