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How Often Do Asymptomatic Healthcare Workers Cause Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Outbreaks? A Systematic Evaluation

Ralf‐Peter Vonberg , MD, Sabine Stamm‐Balderjahn , MD, Sonja Hansen , MD, Irina Zuschneid , MD, Henning Rüden , MD, Michael Behnke , PhD and Petra Gastmeier , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 10 (October 2006), pp. 1123-1127
DOI: 10.1086/507922
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/507922
Page Count: 5
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How Often Do Asymptomatic Healthcare Workers Cause Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Outbreaks? A Systematic Evaluation
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Abstract

A systematic search was performed to identify outbreaks of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection and colonization caused by healthcare workers (HCWs). Of 191 outbreaks identified, 11 had strong epidemiological evidence that HCWs were the source. In 3 of these outbreaks, asymptomatic carriers were the cause. The frequent practice of screening asymptomatic HCWs should be reconsidered.

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