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MRSA bacterial battleground moves closer to home
California Watch - Christina Jewett

For years, MRSA bacterial infections were chiefly the bane of nursing homes. Then the so-called “superbug” moved into hospitals, infecting 1 out of every 6 patients at the bacteria’s height in 2001. Now, California researchers have identified several new fronts: homes, playgrounds, gyms and schools. The number of residents showing up at hospitals with “community-acquired,” antibiotic-resistant staph infections has soared and shows no signs of going down, according to a research brief by the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.