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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Feb;32(2):185-7. doi: 10.1086/657944.

Contamination of hands with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after contact with environmental surfaces and after contact with the skin of colonized patients.

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Research Service, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

In a study of 40 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers, hand contamination was equally likely after contact with commonly examined skin sites and commonly touched environmental surfaces in patient rooms (40% vs 45%). These findings suggest that contaminated surfaces may be an important source of MRSA transmission.

PMID:
21460476
DOI:
10.1086/657944
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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