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Antibiotic resistant staphylococci acquired during the first year of life

Burr, Michael Leslie, Howells, C. H. L. and Rees, P. W. J. 1978. Antibiotic resistant staphylococci acquired during the first year of life. Epidemiology and Infection 81 (1) , pp. 125-130. 10.1017/S0022172400053821

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Nasal swabs were taken from 492 babies born consecutively to residents of two South Wales towns soon after their discharge from maternity hospitals. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from 352 babies (72%) and in 79 (22%) of these it was resistant to at least one antibiotic. By the time these babies were a year old the prevalence of both sensitive and resistant strains had fallen, so that only 12% still carried nasal staphylococci, but 64% of these organisms were then resistant to penicillin. Administration of penicillin to the baby seemed to be a more important factor in selecting resistant organisms than other antibiotics given to the baby, any antibiotic treatment to other members of the household, or discharge from hospital.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0950-2688
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:04

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