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Molecular Epidemiology of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Nursing Homes: A Cross‐Sectional Study

Annette Hoefnagels‐Schuermans , MD, PhD, Luc Niclaes , MD, Frank Buntinx , MD, PhD, Carl Suetens , MD, Beatrice Jans , RN, Jan Verhaegen , MD, PhD and Johan Van Eldere , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 23, No. 9 (September 2002), pp. 546-549
DOI: 10.1086/502105
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502105
Page Count: 6
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Molecular Epidemiology of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Nursing Homes: A Cross‐Sectional Study
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Abstract

ABSTRACT A cross‐sectional study of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage in 2,857 nursing home residents showed an overall prevalence of 4.9%. The three clones identified by genetic analysis were identical to those in the acute care facilities; only their relative prevalence differed. Clone 2 took epidemic proportions in five of these nursing homes.

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