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<i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> Oropharyngeal Carriage in a Prison Population

Caroline J. Lee, Sundary Sankaran, Dhritiman V. Mukherjee, Zoltan L. Apa, Cory A. Hafer, Lester Wright, Elaine L. Larson and Franklin D. Lowy

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 52, issue 6, pages 775-778
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/cir026
Staphylococcus aureus Oropharyngeal Carriage in a Prison Population

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Throat carriage (42.7%) of Staphylococcus aureus exceeded nasal carriage (35.0%) in 2 New York prisons. Methicillin resistance, primarily due to USA300, was high at both sites; 25% of dually colonized inmates had different strains. Strategies to reduce S. aureus transmission will need to consider the high frequency of throat colonization.

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

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