Low prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at hospital admission in the Netherlands: the value of search and destroy and restrictive antibiotic use.
In the Netherlands, less than 1% of clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus are methicillin-resistant (MRSA). A national search and destroy policy prevents MRSA from becoming endemic. Some MRSA outbreaks cannot be related to patients at risk for MRSA carriage. This study was designed to measure the prevalence of MRSA among patients without risk factors for MRSA carriage at the time of admission to the hospital. In four Dutch hospitals, patients admitted to non-surgical departments in the p...Expand abstract
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