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Perception vs Reality: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Carriage Among Healthcare Workers at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Nora E. Colburn (a1), Jennifer Cadnum (a2), Elizabeth Flannery (a2), Shelley Chang (a3), Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3) and Usha Stiefel (a2) (a3)...


In a prevalence study of 209 healthcare workers, 18 (8.6%) and 13 (6.2%) carried methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in their nares or on their hands, respectively. However, 100 (62%) of 162 workers completing an associated survey believed themselves to be colonized, revealing a knowledge deficit about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus epidemiology.

Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 2015;37(1):110–112


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Address correspondence to Usha Stiefel, MD, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Infectious Diseases Section, 10701 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 (


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Presented in part: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 19th Annual Meeting; San Diego, California; March 19–22, 2009.



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