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A Comparison of Environmental Contamination by Patients Infected or Colonized with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci: A Multicenter Study

  • Lauren P. Knelson (a1), David A. Williams (a2), Maria F. Gergen (a2), William A. Rutala (a2), David J. Weber (a2) (a3), Daniel J. Sexton (a1) (a4), Deverick J. Anderson (a1) (a4) and on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epicenters Program...
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A total of 1,023 environmental surfaces were sampled from 45 rooms with patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) before terminal room cleaning. Colonized patients had higher median total target colony-forming units (CFU) of MRSA or VRE than did infected patients (median, 25 CFU [interquartile range, 0–106 CFU] vs 0 CFU [interquartile range, 0–29 CFU]; P = .033).

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(7):872–875

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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