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VRSA Makes Rare Appearance

Published April 9, 2010 9:34 AM by Kelly Graham

Here in the ADVANCE hometown of Philadelphia, a patient at the Pennsylvania Hospital (part of the University of Pennsylvania) has been diagnosed with vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA). The patient was on dialysis and has a history of drug-resistant infections, including MRSA, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The patient was transferred from Delaware and did not contract the infection at Pennsylvania Hospital.

She is only the 11th patient in the U.S. known to have contracted VRSA, and the first since 2007. Unlike MRSA, VRSA is not easily transferred from patient to patient, although the infected patient was isolated upon admission to the hospital, due to her history of infections.

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