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The impact of household transmission on duration of outpatient colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus


We identified eight consecutive patients who presented with a skin or soft tissue infection due to MRSA. Of seven household members of these cases, three were colonised with MRSA. The mean duration of MRSA colonisation in index cases was 33 days (range 14–104), while mean duration of colonisation in household cases was 54 days (range 12–95). There was a borderline significant association between having a concurrent colonised household member and a longer duration of colonisation (mean 44 days vs. 26 days, P=0.08).

Author: Lautenbach E, Tolomeo P, Nachamkin I, Hu B, Zaoutis TE

Citation: Epidemiol Infect. 2010 May;138(5):683-5. doi: 10.1017/S0950268810000099. Epub 2010 Jan 29.

Published: 29/01/2010

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Epidemiology and Infection