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Incidence, trends and demographics of Staphylococcus aureus infections in Auckland, New Zealand, 2001-2011

Deborah A Williamson, Alwin Lim, Mark G Thomas, Michael G Baker, Sally A Roberts, John D Fraser, Stephen R Ritchie



BACKGROUND: New Zealand has a higher incidence of Staphylococcus aureus disease than other developed countries, with significant sociodemographic variation in incidence rates. In contrast to North America, the majority of disease is due to methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA), although relatively little is known about the comparative demographics of MSSA and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections in New Zealand. METHODS: Our objectives were to describe the trends, incidence and patient demographics of all S. aureus infections in patients presenting to our institution between 2001 and 2011, and compare the epidemiology of MSSA and MRSA infections. We identified all patients wit..

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