Life-threatening, drug-resistant infections are spreading in hospitals and communities across the nation. Now, in the first national analysis of resistant staph, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the two types of resistant staph bugs are mixing.
The study, in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, finds much higher rates of serious drug-resistant staph infections than anyone suspected.
The pressure is on hospitals to do more to prevent the hard-to-manage infections. But one leading hospital executive says it's an uphill battle.