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Volume 16, Number 9—September 2010


Illicit Drug Use and Risk for USA300 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections with Bacteremia

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the association of illicit drug use with USA300 MRSA infection, including risk factors for acquisition and transmission.
  • Describe characteristics of illicit drug users who acquire MRSA and the changing pattern of risk from 2004 to 2008 in the United States with implications for management and prevention.

Medscape CME Editor

Carol Snarey, MA, Copyeditor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: Carol Snarey has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape CME Author

Desiree Lie, MD, MSED, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Research and Faculty Development, University of California, Irvine at Orange, California. Disclosure: D&eactue;sir&eactue;e Lie, MD, MSEd, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationship: served as a nonproduct speaker for "Topics in Health" for Merck Speaker Services.


Disclosures: Disclosures: Kristen M. Kreisel, PhD; O. Colin Stine, PhD; Michelle D. Shardell, PhD; Alan J. Lesse, MD; Fred M. Gordin, MD; and Mary-Claire Roghmann, MD, MS, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. J. Kristie Johnson, PhD, has disclosed the following relationships: received grants for clinical research from Becton, Dickinson and Company. Eli N. Perencevich, MD, MS, has disclosed the following relationships: received grants for clinical support from Pfizer Inc. Michael W. Climo, MD, has disclosed the following relationships: served as an advisor or consultant for Biosynexus Incorporated; received grants for clinical research from Biosynexus Incorporated.


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