(Chicago, IL) -- A super bacteria known as MRSA is spreading among children, causing a surge in head and neck infections.
A new study reveals there is an alarming nationwide increase in the prevalence of MRSA in children with head and neck infections.
It had previously been a major concern only in hospitals, attacking patients who are already weakened.
However, recent outbreaks among healthy children outside of hospitals are raising new concerns.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 94-thousand Americans contract serious, invasive MRSA infections each year and 19,000 of them die from the disease.
The study can be found in "The Archives of Otalarynogology-Head and Neck Surgery."
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