Journal Article

Duration of Colonization with Methicillin-Resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i>

Ari Robicsek, Jennifer L. Beaumont and Lance R. Peterson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 7, pages 910-913
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/597296
Duration of Colonization with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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The duration of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is not well defined. During 1564 admissions after a clinical culture or surveillance test positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, we retested patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization. During the first year after the positive culture result was obtained, 48.8% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 45.8%–51.7%) remained colonized; at 4 years, 21.2% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 13.1%–31.4%) remained colonized.

Journal Article.  2230 words.  Illustrated.

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

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