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Describes hospitalizations associated with cellulitis, a skin infection frequently linked to methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, in Baltimore City. From 2000 to 2006, the number of cellulitis-associated inpatient hospitalizations increased by 74 percent, but they declined among adults between 2006 and 2007. Cellulitis-associated hospitalizations varied substantially across different locations within Baltimore City, with a three- to fourfold difference in the highest and lowest rates. Overall, rates of cellulitis-associated hospitalizations in 2007 were twice as high in Baltimore City as in the District of Columbia and Maryland as a whole.

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