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Clin Infect Dis. 2004 May 1;38(9):e92-5. Epub 2004 Apr 14.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in the Texas prison system.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas 78284-7802, USA.


Recent reports indicate that correctional facility inmates may be at elevated risk for contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection because of overcrowding, poor hygiene, and high rates of diseases causing immunosuppression. The present study of 299,179 Texas inmates who were incarcerated between 1999-2001 indicated an incidence of 12 MRSA infections/1000 person-years. Inmates with circulatory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, end-stage liver disease, end-stage renal disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and skin diseases all exhibited elevated rates of MRSA infection.

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