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Predicting High Prevalence of Community Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Strains in Nursing Homes

Courtney R. Murphy PhD, Lyndsey O. Hudson PhD, Brian G. Spratt PhD, Victor Quan BA, Diane Kim BS, Ellena Peterson PhD, Grace Tan BS, Kaye Evans BA, Hildy Meyers MD MPH, Michele Cheung MD MPH, Bruce Y. Lee MD MBA, Dana B. Mukamel PhD, Mark C. Enright PhD, Matthew Whealon BS and Susan S. Huang MD MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 34, No. 3 (March 2013), pp. 325-328
DOI: 10.1086/669519
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/669519
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Abstract

We assessed characteristics associated with community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) carriage among residents of 22 nursing homes. Of MRSA-positive swabs, 25% (208/824) were positive for CA-MRSA. Median facility CA-MRSA percentage was 22% (range, 0%–44%). In multivariate models, carriage was associated with age less than 65 years (odds ratio, 1.2; ) and Hispanic ethnicity (odds ratio, 1.2; ). Interventions are needed to target CA-MRSA.

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