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Use of Gaseous Ozone for Eradication of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus From the Home Environment of a Colonized Hospital Employee

Hero E. L. de Boer , MD, Carla M. van Elzelingen‐Dekker , BSc, Cora M. F. van Rheenen‐Verberg , BSc and Lodewijk Spanjaard , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 10 (October 2006), pp. 1120-1122
DOI: 10.1086/507966
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/507966
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Use of Gaseous Ozone for Eradication of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus From the Home Environment of a Colonized Hospital Employee
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Abstract

An intensive care nurse with eczema was repeatedly treated for methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage. Because cultures remained positive for MRSA, her house was investigated. Thirty‐four percent of environmental samples yielded MRSA. Her children and cat were free of MRSA. The house was decontaminated with gaseous ozone. All subsequent cultures were negative for MRSA. This decontamination cost €2,000 (approximately $2,400).

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