MRSA detected on commonly shared household surfaces | Pediatrics

Stephanie A. Fritz, MD, MSCI, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues obtained samples from 21 environmental surfaces in homes of 50 children with active or recent community-associated MRSA. Surfaces were in living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms. The median age of the study participants was 3 years. The study was conducted between January 2012 and February 2013.

The number of household members ranged from two to seven, with a median of four household members. Fifty-four percent of participants had pet dogs or cats living in their home. The median number of pets per household was two.

Forty-two percent of participants had Staphylococcus aureus on at least one anatomic area, 28% had MRSA alone, 12% had methicillin-susceptible S. aureus alone, and 2% had MRSA and methicillin-susceptible S. aureusat different anatomic area.

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