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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2007 Jun;26(6):544-6.

Prevalence of nasal colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in children a multicenter cross-sectional study.

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University Children's Hospital, Basel, Switzerland. ulrich.heininger@ukbb.ch

Abstract

In this cross-sectional multicenter study, we determined the rate of nasal carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in children admitted to 9 training hospitals in Switzerland during 1 month. From 1337 patients, 1363 nasal swabs were obtained (mean age 6.1 years, median 4.7 years, interquartile range 1.3-10.4 years) and 562 (41.3%) grew S. aureus. Only one isolate was MRSA (0.18%) which encoded mecA and femA genes as well as SCCmec type IV, whereas Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) was absent.

PMID:
17529877
DOI:
10.1097/INF.0b013e31804d244a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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