PREVALENCE OF METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS NASAL CARRIAGE IN HEALTHCARE WORKERS

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Abstract

Abstract:

Thirty (12%) of 257 healthcare workers were colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). There was no significant difference in MRSA colonization among physicians (13%), nurses (12%), and other healthcare professionals (11%). Potential risk factors for MRSA colonization were found in 90% or more of all subjects, including those with MRSA and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus nasal carriage, as well as in persons who were not colonized.

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