Emergence of MRSA in the Community

  • Lacey P. Gleason
  • David C. Ham
  • Valerie Albrecht
  • Isaac SeeEmail author
Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)


Antimicrobial-resistant variants of S. aureus have been known to cause human disease for decades, primarily in healthcare settings. However, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections emerged in the community in the United States during the late 1990s–early 2000s. Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections are often caused by unique strain types that produce characteristic clinical manifestations. Although new antimicrobials are available, it is unclear how they should be used in the treatment of CA-MRSA. Preventing MRSA infections in the community requires engagement of public health officials, clinical providers, patients, and community members. The epidemiology of community-associated MRSA continues to evolve, and continued monitoring of MRSA to assess for new developments and novel strategies for prevention will be critical in the upcoming years.



The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Service, or the US Department of Health and Human Services. The authors would like to thank the authors of the previous version of this chapter (Adam Cohen, Daniel Jernigan, and Rachel Gorwitz) for permission to include some materials from the previous edition.


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  • Lacey P. Gleason
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  • Isaac See
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  1. 1.Division of Healthcare Quality PromotionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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