The natural history of contemporary Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization was evaluated in community children during a 1-year period. Methicillin-susceptible S. aureus nasal carriage was more persistent than methicillin-resistant S. aureus nasal carriage, which was usually self-limited. Children with persistent staphylococcal colonization often carried identical strains. Identification of persistent methicillin-resistant S. aureus carriers might inform strategies for decolonization and reduction of staphylococcal transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-351
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Colonization
  • Methicillin resistance
  • Staphylococcus aureus


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