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Nasal staphylococci in children – a follow-up study

Burr, Michael Leslie and Howells, C. H. L. 1982. Nasal staphylococci in children – a follow-up study. Journal of Hygiene 88 (3) , pp. 433-437. 10.1017/S0022172400070297

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Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was studied in a cohort of infants born to the residents of two towns in South Wales. The children were followed up to the age of 5 years, nasal swabs being taken annually after a more detailed survey during the first year. The carriage-rate of S. aureus reached a minimum of 10–15% at one year and then rose steadily to 41% at five years. From the age of two years about 90% of the organisms isolated were resistant to penicillin. There was a marked tendency for children to carry the same strains from year to year, but carriage during the first year of life did not predict carriage at the age of five.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0022-1724
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:08

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