Current statistics reveal that approximately 1.2 million hospitalized patients are MRSA-infected. The mortality rate is roughly estimated to be between 4%-10% while another study says that it may be as high as 23%.
Thankfully the infection is not very high (roughly 1%) in hospitalized children below age 18, as opposed to adults, despite the fact their number has markedly increased over the years.
CA-MRSA has far less complications than HA-MRSA, especially if the patient responds well to treatment and is not in need of hospitalization.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important if the patient is to avoid complications associated with MRSA-infection. If the patient develops complications such as endocarditis, kidney or lung infections, necrotizing fasciitis, osteomyelitis, or sepsis the outcome may not be very encouraging as they lead to irreversible organ damage.