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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Apr 1;48(7):910-3. doi: 10.1086/597296.

Duration of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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Department of Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, Illinois 60201, USA. arobicsek@enh.org

Abstract

The duration of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is not well defined. During 1564 admissions after a clinical culture or surveillance test positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, we retested patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization. During the first year after the positive culture result was obtained, 48.8% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 45.8%-51.7%) remained colonized; at 4 years, 21.2% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 13.1%-31.4%) remained colonized.

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10.1086/597296
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