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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2009 Mar;23(1):133-51. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2008.10.006.

Staphylococcus aureus decolonization as a prevention strategy.

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Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M4N 3M5. andrew.simor@sunnybrook.ca

Abstract

Decolonization may be defined as treatment to eradicate Staphylococcus aureus or methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) carriage. Potential benefits of decolonization include decreased risk of subsequent staphylococcal infection and prevention of staphylococcal transmission to reduce endemic rates of infection or manage outbreaks. This article reviews available data regarding various proposed treatment regimens for eradicating staphylococcal carriage and the effectiveness of decolonization for infection prevention and as an infection control measure.

PMID:
19135919
DOI:
10.1016/j.idc.2008.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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