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Incidence and Epidemiology of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in a Saudi Arabian Hospital, 1999‐2003

Jaffar A. Al‐Tawfiq , MBBS, FACP
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 10 (October 2006), pp. 1137-1139
DOI: 10.1086/507971
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/507971
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Incidence and Epidemiology of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in a Saudi Arabian Hospital, 1999‐2003
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Abstract

During 1999‐2003 in a Saudi Arabian Hospital, methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus constituted 6% of all S. aureus isolates; the proportion had increased from 2% in 1999, to 9.7% in 2002, to 8% in 2003. Of all MRSA isolates, 62% represented community‐acquired infection, 20.4% represented healthcare‐associated infection, and 17.6% represented nosocomial infection. The proportion of community‐acquired isolates increased from 41.7% in 1999 to 66.6% in 2002, and the proportion representing nosocomial infection decreased from 33% in 1999 to 19% in 2003. Isolates representing nosocomial infection showed higher rates of resistance to ciprofloxacin (76.6%), clindamycin (76.6%), erythromycin (68%) and trimethoprim‐sulfamethoxazole (68%) than did isolates in the other categories ( \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \usepackage[OT2,OT1]{fontenc} \newcommand\cyr{ \renewcommand\rmdefault{wncyr} \renewcommand\sfdefault{wncyss} \renewcommand\encodingdefault{OT2} \normalfont \selectfont} \DeclareTextFontCommand{\textcyr}{\cyr} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} \landscape $P< .001$ \end{document} ).

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