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Skin and Environmental Contamination with Methicillin-Resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> among Carriers Identified Clinically Versus through Active Surveillance

Shelley Chang, Ajay K. Sethi, Brittany C. Eckstein, Usha Stiefel, Jennifer L. Cadnum and Curtis J. Donskey

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 10, pages 1423-1428
Published in print May 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/598505
Skin and Environmental Contamination with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus among Carriers Identified Clinically Versus through Active Surveillance

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In a prospective study involving 115 patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nares carriage, we found that skin and environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant S. aureus was as likely among individuals whose S. aureus carriage was identified only through active surveillance as it was among those individuals whose S. aureus carriage was identified clinically, which suggests that strategies to limit transmission must address colonized patients, as well as infected patients.

Journal Article.  2160 words.  Illustrated.

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

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