By Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials in Delaware say a case of a rare Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been confirmed in the state.

The Division of Public Health said in an email on Thursday that VRSA was confirmed in a 67-year-old patient in New Castle County. Officials say the patient, who has underlying health conditions, is expected to recover and is being treated on an outpatient basis.

Health officials say VRSA arises when a patient is infected with Staphylococcus aureus and the bacteria mutates, making it resistant to Vancomycin, an antibiotic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed VRSA in the Delaware patient on Tuesday. State officials say this case represents only the 14th confirmed case of VRSA ever reported in the United States.

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