Based upon what I've been hearing from many people with MRSA, I do believe MRSA rates are greatly underestimated. Many people contact me after receiving MRSA in a hospital, and they had no idea they were at risk until they found out they had MRSA. Sadly, many hospitals are rampant with MRSA. Of course, you can also get community acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA)from others in the community who have MRSA. CA-MRSA is more virulent than hospital acquired MRSA.
In a recent article on "Cleanlink", they report the following. According to the World of Building Service Contracting, a survey of infection prevention and control professionals conducted by The Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) revealed that MRSA rates are eight times higher than previously estimated. Today, MRSA accounts for over 60 percent of Staphylococcus aureus infections, a staggering increase over the two percent of all Staphylococcus aureus infections reported in 1972. In addition, the study found the death rate from MRSA infections is more than 2.5 times higher than non-MRSA infections.