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The impact of household transmission on duration of outpatient colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

  • E. LAUTENBACH (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), P. TOLOMEO (a3), I. NACHAMKIN (a4) (a5), B. HU (a3) (a5) and T. E. ZAOUTIS (a2) (a3) (a4) (a6)
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We identified eight consecutive patients who presented with a skin or soft tissue infection due to MRSA. Of seven household members of these cases, three were colonized with MRSA. The mean duration of MRSA colonization in index cases was 33 days (range 14–104), while mean duration of colonization in household cases was 54 days (range 12–95). There was a borderline significant association between having a concurrent colonized household member and a longer duration of colonization (mean 44 days vs. 26 days, P=0·08).

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*Author for correspondence: Dr E. Lautenbach, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 825 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA19104-6021, USA. (Email:
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