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Persistence, Discordance and Diversity of Staphylococcus aureus Nasal and Oropharyngeal Colonization in School-aged Children

Deborah A Williamson, Stephen Ritchie, Benjamin Keren, Michael Harrington, Mark G Thomas, Arlo Upton, Diana Lennon, Alison Leversha

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: The anterior nares are regarded as the primary site for Staphylococcus aureus colonization, although studies have highlighted the potential importance of colonization at extra-nasal sites, including the oropharynx. Accordingly, the aims of this study were to assess the prevalence, persistence and molecular epidemiology of S. aureus colonization in the nares and oropharynx of Māori and Pacific children, a population with strikingly high rates of S. aureus infection. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of predominantly Māori and Pacific school-aged children in Auckland, New Zealand was performed in October 2013, and swabs were taken from the nares and oropharynx. Sampling was repeated..

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