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A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Study on the Prevalence and Risk Factors for Nasal Colonization with <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> in Patients Admitted to Children's Hospitals in Switzerland

Florence Datta, Thomas Erb, Ulrich Heininger, Alain Gervaix, Urs B. Schaad, Christoph Berger, Bernard Vaudaux, Christoph Aebi, Michael Hitzler, Christian Kind, Hanspeter E. Gnehm and Reno Frei

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 47, issue 7, pages 923-926
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/591700
A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Study on the Prevalence and Risk Factors for Nasal Colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in Patients Admitted to Children's Hospitals in Switzerland

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The rate of nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus and associated risk factors were determined in a cross-sectional study involving Swiss children's hospitals. S. aureus was isolated in 562 of 1363 cases. In a stepwise multivariate analysis, the variables age, duration of antibiotic use, and hospitalization of a household member were independently associated with carriage of S. aureus.

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

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