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Am J Infect Control. 2010 Oct;38(8):653-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.01.007. Epub 2010 May 14.

Hospital methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus active surveillance practices in Los Angeles County: Implications of legislation-based infection control, 2008.

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  • 1Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA. apeterson@ph.lacounty.gov


Pending California legislation prompted an on-line survey of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) active surveillance practices administered to infection preventionists of all 102 acute care licensed hospitals in Los Angeles County. We describe reported surveillance methods. Ninety-six hospitals responded with 41% performing MRSA active surveillance. Comments indicated resistance to implementation of active surveillance because its benefits remain controversial.

Copyright © 2010 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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