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Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in random samples of a normal population*

  • W. C. Noble (a1), H. A. Valkenburg (a2) and Caroline H. L. Wolters (a2)
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Nose, throat and finger carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was investigated in a series of random samples from a normal European population.

No evidence for a seasonal trend in carriage was found but the intersample variation between successive random samples was obtained. The mean nasal carrier rate was 29 % with a standard deviation of 7 %.

No association was found between nasal or throat carriage of staphylococci and stay in hospital or antibiotic therapy but respondents with penicillin-resistant staphylococci in the nose had skin infections more frequently than those with penicillin-sensitive strains.

Evidence was obtained for a family, perhaps genetic, ‘predisposition’ to carry staphylococci in the nose.

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W. C. Noble , R. E. O. Williams , M. P. Jevons & R. A. Shooter (1964). Some aspects of nasal carriage of staphylococci. J. clin. Path. 17, 79.

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