Doctors warned about MRSA that attacks children after flu

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Doctors warned about MRSA that attacks children after flu

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Children are at particular risk, and the CDC this week sent an alert to doctors to watch for young flu victims who might also have such bacterial infections as the notorious drug-resistant staph known as MRSA. Last year, the CDC learned of 73 children who died from the flu, and 44 percent of them had a bacterial co-infection — mostly Staph. Compared to earlier years, that's a five-fold increase in Staph piggybacking on kids' flu. While the CDC's newest flu report lists one child death so far this year, Gerberding wanted to be sure that doctors test for staph in any child with a suspicious illness because these bacteria need special treatment, and we want to make sure they get the right therapy.