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Am J Infect Control. 2011 Mar;39(2):148-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.06.006.

Are gymnasium equipment surfaces a source of staphylococcal infections in the community?

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Florida, 1701 SW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608, USA.


To determine the staphylococcal colonization of gymnasium surfaces, we obtained cultures of 5 gym surfaces, before and after routine cleaning in 3 local gyms, 3 separate times. Of 240 cultures, none was positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA). Gym surfaces do not appear to be reservoirs for staphylococci; therefore, surface-to-skin contact in gymnasiums does not likely play a significant role in community transmission of MRSA or MSSA.

Copyright © 2011 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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