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How Does Staph Spread in Hospitals?
Pacific Standard

One of the unfortunate risks of spending time in a hospital is catching a staph infection, especially its antibiotic-resistant strain. Now, researchers have used small, wireless transmitters worn by patients and health care workers to track how the bacteria spreads — and perhaps find a way to keep it from spreading any further.

While methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, has been on the decline in recent years and isn’t quite the superbug it was once made out to be, it’s still a significant public health threat for patients being treated in hospitals, as well as the doctors, nurses, and other employees working there.