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Am J Infect Control. 2011 Mar;39(2):151-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.05.022.

Low frequency of environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an inner city emergency department and a human immunodeficiency virus outpatient clinic.

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Department of Infection, St Thomas' Hospital and King's College London, London, UK.


We investigated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) environmental contamination in an inner city outpatient clinic and emergency department (ED). Moistened cotton-tipped swabs were used to sample 63 surfaces in the outpatient clinic and 69 surfaces in the ED. MRSA was identified on none of the 63 surfaces in the outpatient clinic and on 7% of the 69 surfaces in the ED. Our findings may have implications for cleaning and disinfection regimens in outpatient settings.

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