CDC believes rise in staph infections linked to opioid crisis

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on health departments and hospitals to take action against staph infections.

The CDC reports that Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of infections in United States health facilities. More than 119,000 people suffered from bloodstream staph infections in the U.S. in 2017 – and nearly 20,000 died according to a new vital signs report.

The CDC reports the rise in staph infections in the community may be linked to the opioid crisis, citing last year’s study which found that 9% of serious staph infections were found in people who injected drugs. 

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