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Staph Killing More Americans Than AIDS

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New data indicate that a drug-resistant staph infection, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is killing nearly 19,000 Americans every year — more than the nation's annual number of AIDS deaths. Why is staph so hard to treat, who is at risk, and what can be done to avoid infection?

Vance Fowler, associate professor of infectious disease at Duke Medical Center, explains.



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