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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Nov;27(11):1267-9. Epub 2006 Sep 28.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus survival on hospital fomites.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA.

Abstract

We examined the duration of survival of 2 strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on 3 types of hospital fomites. MRSA survived for 11 days on a plastic patient chart, more than 12 days on a laminated tabletop, and 9 days on a cloth curtain. Irregular surfaces may help harbor organisms in the environment. In addition to contact precautions, MRSA containment during an outbreak should include concurrent environmental decontamination.

PMID:
17080391
DOI:
10.1086/507965
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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