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Throat Swabs Are Necessary to Reliably Detect Carriers of <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i>

Dominik Mertz, Reno Frei, Barbara Jaussi, Andreas Tietz, Christine Stebler, Ursula Flückiger and Andreas F. Widmer

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 4, pages 475-477
Published in print August 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520016
Throat Swabs Are Necessary to Reliably Detect Carriers of Staphylococcus aureus

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The anterior nares are the most important screening site of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus. We screened 2966 individuals for S. aureus carriage with swabs of both nares and throat. A total of 37.1% of persons were nasal carriers, and 12.8% were solely throat carriers. Screening of throat swabs significantly increases the sensitivity of detection among carriers by 25.7%.

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

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