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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