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Staphylococcus aureus Carriage in a New Zealand Primary School: A Cohort Study.

Scott, Pippa PhD; Priest, Patricia C. DPhil; Chambers, Stephen T. MD; Heijne, Janneke CM PhD; Murdoch, David R. MD
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Post Acceptance: September 22, 2017
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001796
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Asymptomatic carriage of Staphylococcus aureus is a source of transmission between healthy individuals. Seventy children at a primary school were swabbed 7 times to identify patterns of S. aureus carriage. S. aureus carriage prevalence was 53-65% at each round, and 45% carried at every round. High carriage prevalence may indicate that school-aged children are important contributors to S. aureus transmission.

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