Fast Five Quiz: Staphylococcal Infections

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


September 08, 2021

As many as half of all adults are believed to be colonized with S aureus. Most are colonized only intermittently. Colonization rates in healthcare workers, persons with diabetes, and patients on dialysis can reach as high as 80%. The anterior nares are the predominant site of colonization in adults; carriage here has been associated with the development of bacteremia. Other potential sites of colonization include the throat, axilla, rectum, and perineum. The rate of MRSA hand colonization among healthcare workers has been shown to exceed 4% (> 8% in North America).

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