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Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in community-recruited injection drug users: are throat swabs necessary?

  • E. LLOYD-SMITH (a1), M. W. HULL (a2) (a3), D. HAWKINS (a1), S. CHAMPAGNE (a2), T. KERR (a2) (a3) and M. G. ROMNEY (a1) (a2)...

We examined and described colonization of MRSA in the anterior nares and throat from 184 community-recruited injection drug users. Thirty-seven (20%) were positive for MRSA: most (34, 92%) were carriers in the nares; while only three (8%) were carriers detected by throat swabs alone. The majority (29, 78%) of MRSA isolates were PVL positive.

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*Author for correspondence: Dr E. Lloyd-Smith, Infection Prevention and Control, Providence Health Care, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada.(Email:
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Epidemiology & Infection
  • ISSN: 0950-2688
  • EISSN: 1469-4409
  • URL: /core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection
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