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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2002 Sep;23(9):546-9.

Molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in nursing homes: a cross-sectional study.

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  • 1Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, The University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium.


A cross-sectional study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage in 2,857 nursing home residents showed an overall prevalence of 4.9%. The three clones identified by genetic analysis were identical to those in the acute care facilities; only their relative prevalence differed. Clone 2 took epidemic proportions in five of these nursing homes.

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