Invasive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections among persons who inject drugs — Six sites, 2005–2016

Kelly A. Jackson, Michele K. Bohm, John T. Brooks, Alice Asher, Joelle Nadle, Wendy M. Bamberg, Sue Petit, Susan M. Ray, Lee H. Harrison, Ruth Lynfield, Ghinwa Dumyati, William Schaffner, John M. Townes, Isaac See

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Abstract

What is already known about this topic? The ongoing opioid epidemic is associated with increases in human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C infections and infection syndromes such as endocarditis. What is added by this report? Persons who inject drugs were an estimated 16.3 times more likely to develop invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than others. Invasive MRSA from injecting drugs increased from 4.1% of invasive MRSA cases to 9.2% (2011–2016). What are the implications for public health practice? Increases in nonsterile injection drug use can cause increases in MRSA infections, underscoring the importance of public health interventions, including prevention of opioid misuse, providing medication-assisted treatment, syringe services programs, and education on safer injection practices to prevent infections from skin flora.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-628
Number of pages4
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume67
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 8 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management

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    Jackson, K. A., Bohm, M. K., Brooks, J. T., Asher, A., Nadle, J., Bamberg, W. M., Petit, S., Ray, S. M., Harrison, L. H., Lynfield, R., Dumyati, G., Schaffner, W., Townes, J. M., & See, I. (2018). Invasive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections among persons who inject drugs — Six sites, 2005–2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 67(22), 625-628. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6722a2