Journal Article

Strains of <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> Obtained from Drug-Use Networks Are Closely Linked

Bianca Quagliarello, Christian Cespedes, Maureen Miller, Aixsa Toro, Peter Vavagiakis, Robert S. Klein and Franklin D. Lowy

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 6, pages 671-677
Published in print September 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/342196
Strains of Staphylococcus aureus Obtained from Drug-Use Networks Are Closely Linked

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Drug users have a higher incidence of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus than does the general population, and, as a result, they are at increased risk of infection with their colonizing strain. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of drug-use risk networks in S. aureus transmission, the similarity of S. aureus isolates within these networks, and the possible role of inhalation drug use paraphernalia in the transmission of S. aureus. Strains of S. aureus are shared among colonized inhalation drug users within drug-use risk networks. It suggests that patterns of drug use and the geographic location where drug sharing occurs are major contributors to the transfer of staphylococci and, as a result, to the high prevalence of staphylococcal colonization and perhaps disease in this population.

Journal Article.  4249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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