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.
Conflicts of interest: None declared
Funding: The Swiss National Science Foundation (P2BEP3_152102), The Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust, University of Otago Health Sciences Career Development Programme.
Acknowledgements: We thank the school and its staff and students for their interest and participation in the study, Amy Scott-Thomas, Sandy Slow, Kate Appleton and Sharon Gardiner for their assistance in sample collection, Jo Mitchell, Trevor Anderson, Anja Werno, Lois Seaward and laboratory staff at Canterbury Health Laboratories for their technical assistance, and Nigel French for his input into the study design.
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