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A pilot study to isolate Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S aureus from environmental surfaces in the home.

A convenience sample of 35 homes of healthcare and non–healthcare workers, each with a child in diapers and either a cat or dog in the home, was recruited from the Boston area between January and April 2006. In each home, a total of 32 surfaces were sampled in kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas. S aureus was found in 34 of the 35 homes (97%) and was isolated from all surfaces in 1 or more homes, with the exception of the kitchen chopping board and the child training potty. MRSA was isolated from 9 of 35 homes (26%) and was found on kitchen and bathroom sinks, countertops, kitchen faucet handle, kitchen drain, dish sponge/cloth, dish towel, tub, infant high chair tray, and pet food dish. A positive correlation was indicated for the presence of a cat and the isolation of MRSA from surfaces. Am J Infect Contol. 2008;36(6):458-60.

Author: Scott E, Duty S, Callahan M

Published: 01/08/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: American Journal of Infection Control.