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Use of Gaseous Ozone for Eradication of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus From the Home Environment of a Colonized Hospital Employee

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2016

Hero E. L. de Boer
Affiliation:
Departments of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Carla M. van Elzelingen-Dekker
Affiliation:
Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cora M. F. van Rheenen-Verberg
Affiliation:
Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lodewijk Spanjaard*
Affiliation:
Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
*
Laboratory of Bacteriology, Academic Medical Center, L-1-243, P.O. Box 22660, 1100 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (L.Spanjaard@amc.uva.nl)

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An intensive care nurse with eczema was repeatedly treated for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage. Because cultures remained positive for MRSA, her house was investigated. Thirty-four percent of environmental samples yielded MRSA. Her children and cat were free of MRSA. The house was decontaminated with gaseous ozone. All subsequent cultures were negative for MRSA. This decontamination cost €2,000 (approximately $2,400).

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2006

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