-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with diabetes
are three times more likely to develop a potentially deadly
hospital-acquired infection than those without diabetes, a new
Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that
is resistant to certain antibiotics and a significant cause of
illness and sometimes death, especially among hospital
The new study found that increased risk is associated with
having diabetes before becoming pregnant, but not with diabetes
that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), according to
the University of California, Los Angeles, researchers.
The study appears in the July issue of the
American Journal of Infection Control.
Researchers Andrea Parriott and Dr. Arah Onyebuchi analyzed data
from more than 3.5 million delivery-related hospital admissions in
the United States and learned that about 5 percent of new mothers
developed gestational diabetes and 1 percent had diabetes before
they became pregnant, according to a journal news release.
There were nearly 600 cases of MRSA among the mothers after
giving birth. The most common sources of infection were skin (about
31 percent), urinary tract (6.4 percent), other genital or urinary
organ sites (5.2 percent), wound infections (3 percent) and blood
infections (2 percent).
Although the study found an association between pregnant women
with diabetes and higher risk of MRSA infection, it did not
establish a cause-and-effect relationship.
"When combined with previous research showing increased risk of certain infections in diabetic persons, it seems likely that diabetic women are at increased risk of MRSA infection compared with other women admitted for delivery of an infant," the researchers concluded in the study.
"As we wait for further research on this topic, it might seem prudent for hospitals to be vigilant about possible MRSA risk among diabetic women in labor and delivery," the researchers added.
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