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Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in injecting drug users and the homeless in South London.

Otter and French identified probable community-associated (CA-MRSA) infection in 65 patients with evidence of injecting drug use or alcohol abuse between 2000 and 2006. Only 18 (27.7%) of the infections were defined as community-acquired. However, patients in this group often have previous hospital admissions for other reasons and their infections may originally have been acquired in the community. A further 26 (40%) were community-onset infections following a previous hospitalisation, many of which were related to IDU or alcohol abuse. J Hosp Infect. 2008;69:198-200.

Author: Otter JA, French G

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Hospital Infection