NASAL CARRIAGE OF METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS IN SCHOOL CHILDREN WITHOUT IDENTIFIABLE RISK FACTORS IN NORTHERN TAIWAN


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Abstract

In a nasal culture survey of school children, 5 (1.9%) of 262 school children and 18 (13%) of 137 health care workers (HCWs) were colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). One common genotype accounted for most isolates from the school children and from the HCWs. Based on genotyping, MRSA strains circulating in the community in Taiwan were similar to the hospital strains.

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