A Staph Strain Grows in Brooklyn

Around a decade ago an antibiotic-resistant infection began spreading in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. NYU School of Medicine researchers learned that in Orthodox-associated zip codes, kids’ risk of antibiotic-resistant CA-MRSA—community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—was 10X higher than other areas, and the risk of colonization on their skin was twice as high.
The NYU researchers then used genomic sequencing to trace the source of the community cluster and discovered a unique strain with resistance genes, enabling it to stave off decolonization efforts. The research informs the prospective use of genomic surveillance in other community-based infections, they say.


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