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Clinical and Epidemiologic Features of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Elderly Hospitalized Patients

Andrew E. Simor , MD, Marianna Ofner‐Agostini , MHSc, Shirley Paton , MN, Allison McGeer , MD, Mark Loeb , MD, Elizabeth Bryce , MD, Michael Mulvey , PhD and Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 26, No. 10 (October 2005), pp. 838-841
DOI: 10.1086/502503
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502503
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Clinical and Epidemiologic Features of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Elderly Hospitalized Patients
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Abstract

ABSTRACT We describe characteristics of elderly patients with MRSA identified in 37 Canadian hospitals between 1995 and 2002. Of these inpatients, 6,613 (66%) were older than 65 years. They were more likely than younger patients to have been colonized without infection and to have had MRSA isolated from urine or the perineum. The epidemiology and clinical features of these patients is distinct from that of younger patients.

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