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

  • Courtney R. Murphy (a1), Lyndsey O. Hudson (a2), Brian G. Spratt (a2), Victor Quan (a1), Diane Kim (a1), Ellena Peterson (a3), Grace Tan (a3), Kaye Evans (a3), Hildy Meyers (a4), Michele Cheung (a4), Bruce Y. Lee (a5), Dana B. Mukamel (a6), Mark C. Enright (a7), Matthew Whealon (a1) and Susan S. Huang (a1)...

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; P < .001) and Hispanic ethnicity (odds ratio, 1.2; P = .006). Interventions are needed to target CA-MRSA.

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100 Theory Drive, Suite 110, Center for Health Policy Research, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92617 (courtner@uci.edu)

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

  • Courtney R. Murphy (a1), Lyndsey O. Hudson (a2), Brian G. Spratt (a2), Victor Quan (a1), Diane Kim (a1), Ellena Peterson (a3), Grace Tan (a3), Kaye Evans (a3), Hildy Meyers (a4), Michele Cheung (a4), Bruce Y. Lee (a5), Dana B. Mukamel (a6), Mark C. Enright (a7), Matthew Whealon (a1) and Susan S. Huang (a1)...

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