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Current Pediatrics Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 170-181

First online:

Update on Epidemiology and Treatment of MRSA Infections in Children

  • Michael Z. DavidAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, University of Chicago MedicineDepartment of Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine Email author 
  • , Robert S. DaumAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine


In 2000–2010, the epidemiology of pediatric MRSA infections in the United States was transformed with an epidemic of CA-MRSA infections. We review the epidemiology of MRSA in the community and in the health care setting, including intensive care units, among infants and CF patients, and in households, as well as the impact that the CA-MRSA epidemic has had on hospitalization with MRSA infections. Risk factors for carriage, transmission, and initial and recurrent infection with MRSA are discussed. New studies on the treatment of pediatric MRSA infections and on the efficacy of MRSA decolonization are reviewed.