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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 1995 Apr;5(2):101-6.

The worldwide prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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University Hospital Nijmegen, Department of Medical Microbiology, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Literature on the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals and long-term-care facilities in various countries of America, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe is reviewed. It is concluded that the increasing prevalence of MRSA is a worldwide problem, affecting both affluent and poor countries, and that infection control guidelines are needed in all regions affected.


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