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Staphylococcus aureus Oropharyngeal Carriage in a Prison Population

By Caroline J. Lee, Sundary Sankaran, Dhritiman V. Mukherjee, Zoltan L. Apa, Cory A. Hafer, Lester Wright, Elaine L. Larson and Franklin D. Lowy


Throat carriage (42.7%) of Staphylococcus aureus exceeded nasal carriage (35.0%) in 2 New York prisons. Methicillin resistance, primarily due to USA300, was high at both sites; 25% of dually colonized inmates had different strains. Strategies to reduce S. aureus transmission will need to consider the high frequency of throat colonization

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