Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 2008 / Article

Original Article | Open Access

Volume 19 |Article ID 284239 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/284239

Beth A Hanselman, Steven A Kruth, Joyce Rousseau, J Scott Weese, "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Schoolteachers in Ontario", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 19, Article ID 284239, 4 pages, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/284239

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Schoolteachers in Ontario

Received07 May 2008
Accepted05 Sep 2008

Abstract

A prospective study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization was performed involving teachers at a science teachers’ conference in Toronto, Ontario. Nasal swabs and questionnaire data were collected from consenting individuals. MRSA colonization was identified in seven of 220 (3.2%) participants. No colonized individuals reported recent contact with the health care system, antimicrobial therapy, residence with health care workers or previous MRSA infections. Methicillin-susceptible S aureus colonization was identified in 72 of 220 (33%) individuals. The prevalence of MRSA colonization was higher than expected for a purportedly low-risk population.

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