One Superbug Infection Case Costs $60,000, Study Finds

17 December 2009 (Last Updated December 17th, 2009 18:30)

A single patient infected with the bacterial superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can cost a hospital more than $60,000, according to a new study. The study published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE said MRSA infections led patients

A single patient infected with the bacterial superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can cost a hospital more than $60,000, according to a new study.

The study published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE said MRSA infections led patients to a 35-fold increased risk of hospital readmission and three weeks additional hospitalisation.

The research also said that the infection leads to a seven-fold increased risk of death.