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Recognizing and Managing Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)  

Author:  Dean  Rieger, M.D..

Source: Volume 05, Number 03, March/April 2004 , pp.24-31(8)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Staphylococcus aureus (SA) are common bacteria that routinely colonize human skin. SA are so common that simple cultures of the skin or nares will demonstrate SA in about a third of those cultured. Most SA arenot especially virulent, and people can remain disease free for years while colonized. Only when the balance between an individual’s resistance and the bacteria’s virulence is lost are there problems.

Keywords: papule, serosanguinous, fever, chills, malaise, nosocomial, vancomycin, colonization, quaternary ammonium compounds, antibiotic, Educational Interventions

Affiliations:  1: Indiana Department of Corrections.

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