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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31804d244a
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Prevalence of Nasal Colonization With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (Mrsa) in Children A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study

Heininger, Ulrich MD*; Datta, Florence MD*; Gervaix, Alain MD†; Schaad, Urs B. MD*; Berger, Christoph MD‡; Vaudaux, Bernard MD§; Aebi, Christoph MD∥; Hitzler, Michael MD¶; Kind, Christian MD#; Gnehm, Hanspeter E. MD**; Frei, Reno MD††; the PIGS/MRSA Study Group

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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.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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