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Epidemiology of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia in Gaborone, Botswana

  • Sarah M. Wood (a1), Samir S. Shah (a1) (a2) (a3), Margaret Bafana (a4), Adam J. Ratner (a5), Peter A. Meaney (a6), Kolaatamo C. S. Malefho (a7) and Andrew P. Steenhoff (a2) (a3) (a8) (a7)...

Abstract

This cross-sectional study at a tertiary-care hospital in Botswana from 2000 to 2007 was performed to determine the epidemiologic characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. We identified a high prevalence (11.2% of bacteremia cases) of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) bacteremia. MRSA isolates had higher proportions of resistance to commonly used antimicrobials than did methicillin-susceptible isolates, emphasizing the need to revise empiric prescribing practices in Botswana.

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Pediatric Residency Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Room 9NW55 Main, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (woodsa@email.chop.edu)

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Epidemiology of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia in Gaborone, Botswana

  • Sarah M. Wood (a1), Samir S. Shah (a1) (a2) (a3), Margaret Bafana (a4), Adam J. Ratner (a5), Peter A. Meaney (a6), Kolaatamo C. S. Malefho (a7) and Andrew P. Steenhoff (a2) (a3) (a8) (a7)...

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