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Difference in Incidence and Transmission Mode of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Among Surgery, Orthopedics, and Pediatrics Wards: A Prospective Study at a University Hospital

  • Jun-Ichiro Nishi, Kazusada Shirao, Hiroshi Ito, Masao Yoshinaga, Heiji Yoshinaka, Hiroaki Miyanohara, Shingo Hirata, Hiroki Ogawa, Isao Kitajima, Ikuro Maruyama, Koichiro Miyata, Takashi Aiko and Takashi Sakou...


The incidence and circumstances of colonization by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus were prospectively investigated. Among 404 patients, 15 (3.7%) were carriers on admission, and 43 (10.6%) became colonized, mainly after surgical operation. A different mode of transmission was suggested in each ward.


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Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima University, 8-35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima 890, Japan


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