A decade-long rise in invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the United States has been paralleled by a rise in the frequency of emergency department (ED) visits for skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). Previous studies have shown that warm climate, summer season, middle age, and lower socioeconomic status predicted an SSTI visit. We evaluated the hypothesis that the rise in visits has been more extreme in some subgroups. We also inspected the increase for evidence that the epidemic of ED visits for SSTI may be moderating, as has been reported for the rate of invasive MRSA infections.
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