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Superbug infections decline for procedure

Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2009

Bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have dropped 50% in the last decade for one high-risk medical procedure, according to a new study. The finding, although limited to a single procedure in the intensive-care units of hospitals surveyed—insertion of a central line, or catheter, into a major blood vessel—runs contrary to the perception of MRSA as an out-of-control hospital superbug.