Two conclusions regarding staphylococcal infections appear to be increasingly clear. One is that staphylococci are producing significant numbers of infections among hospitalized patients in all parts of the civilized world, and the other is that the control of this problem requires more than good medical care of the individually infected patient by his personal physician.
The increased concern over staphylococcal disease is evidenced by the number of reports of hospital outbreaks appearing in the medical literature.1-8 In some hospitals the incidence of infections has reached epidemic proportions, and in others there has been an insidious but definite increase in the number of infections following surgical procedures, complicating viral infections and chronic pulmonary diseases, and associated with the parenteral administration of fluids and drugs. Hospital personnel have contracted infections from patients and in turn spread infection to other patients and members of their families.
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