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Health-care workers: source, vector, or victim of MRSA?

We conducted a search of the literature from January, 1980, to March, 2006, to determine the likelihood of MRSA colonisation and infection in health-care workers and to assess their role in MRSA transmission. In 127 investigations, the average MRSA carriage rate among 33,318 screened health-care workers was 4.6%; 5.1% had clinical infections. Risk factors included chronic skin diseases, poor hygiene practices, and having worked in countries with endemic MRSA. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of screening and eradication policies for MRSA control and give recommendations for the management of colonised health-care workers in different settings. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2008;8:289-301.

Author: Albrich WC, Harbarth S, MD

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: The Lancet infectious disease