Throat Swabs Are Necessary to Reliably Detect Carriers of Staphylococcus aureus Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The anterior nares are the most important screening site of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus. We screened 2966 individuals for S. aureus carriage with swabs of both nares and throat. A total of 37.1% of persons were nasal carriers, and 12.8% were solely throat carriers. Screening of throat swabs significantly increases the sensitivity of detection among carriers by 25.7%.

authors

  • Mertz, Dominik
  • Frei, R
  • Jaussi, B
  • Tietz, A
  • Stebler, C
  • Fluckiger, U
  • Widmer, AF

publication date

  • August 15, 2007