Diabetes Ups MRSA Risk in Pregnancy
Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but not gestational, are at a heightened but still small risk of being infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after delivering a baby, a study found. Researchers analyzed medical records of women admitted for delivery between 2005 and 2008 from a nationwide sampling of hospitals, finding the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 17 out of 28,949 women with pre-pregnancy diabetes. The odds of a MRSA infection were 3.4 times higher in women with pre-pregnancy diabetes than in those with gestational diabetes or without the disease. Women with diabetes complications may have additional risk, the authors say, suggesting that blood glucose control may help ward off infections.
Source: American Journal of Infection Control, July 2013