Mikael Stenhem, from the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, and colleagues from institutions across Sweden collected data on MRSA infections across the country from 2000 - the year when MRSA infection became a disease that had to be reported and recorded - to 2003. Their results show that the number of people infected with MRSA gradually increased between 2000 and 2003, to go from 325 cases in 2000 to 544 cases in 2003. A total of 1,733 cases were reported during this time period, 433 of which had been infected abroad.
Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Sweden 2000-2003, increasing incidence and regional differences
Mikael Stenhem, Ake Ortqvist, Hakan Ringberg, Leif Larsson, Barbro Olsson-Liljequist, Sara Haeggman, Karl Ekdahl, Annica Andersson, Inger A von Rosen, Bodil Ardung, Ingvar Eliasson, Gun Fridh, Goran Hedin, Raija Helisoja, Barbro Isaksson, Kia Karlman, Lena Kransberg, Anne Lennell, Anders Lindblom, Gudrun Lindh, Rolf Lundholm, Ingela Nilsson, Lena Nilsson, Per Nilsson, Peter Nilsson, Ulla-Britt Thollstrom and Per-Erik Abom
BMC Infectious Diseases (in press)
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