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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jul;35(7):872-5. doi: 10.1086/676861. Epub 2014 May 7.

A comparison of environmental contamination by patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant enterococci: a multicenter study.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Abstract

A total of 1,023 environmental surfaces were sampled from 45 rooms with patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) before terminal room cleaning. Colonized patients had higher median total target colony-forming units (CFU) of MRSA or VRE than did infected patients (median, 25 CFU [interquartile range, 0-106 CFU] vs 0 CFU [interquartile range, 0-29 CFU]; P = .033).

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24915217
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PMC4219411
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10.1086/676861
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