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Spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among household contacts of individuals with nosocomially acquired MRSA.

The colonisation status of the household and community contacts of patients undergoing MRSA eradication at a university hospital was reviewed. MRSA was isolated from 14.5% of 172 personal contacts of 88 index patients colonised with MRSA. An analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility and DNA fingerprint patterns suggested person-to-person spread. The results imply that failure to control MRSA within the healthcare system is likely to lead to further dissemination of MRSA into the community. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2003;24:422-426.

Author: Calfee DP, Durbin LJ, Germanson TP

Published: 01/01/2003

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology