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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Oct;27(10):1120-2. Epub 2006 Sep 21.

Use of gaseous ozone for eradication of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from the home environment of a colonized hospital employee.

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  • 1Department of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


An intensive care nurse with eczema was repeatedly treated for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage. Because cultures remained positive for MRSA, her house was investigated. Thirty-four percent of environmental samples yielded MRSA. Her children and cat were free of MRSA. The house was decontaminated with gaseous ozone. All subsequent cultures were negative for MRSA. This decontamination cost Euros 2,000 (approximately Dollars 2,400).

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