Jpn. J. Infect. Dis., 59 (3), 195-196, 2006

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Short Communication

The Low Rate of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Turkish Children

Ahmet Soysal, Hulya Sahim1, Aysegul Yagci1*, Isil Barlan2 and Mustafa Bakir

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and 2Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, and 1Department of Clinical Microbiology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

(Received November 11, 2005. Accepted May 8, 2006)

*Corresponding author: Mailing address: Department of Clinical Microbiology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Haydarpasa, Istanbul, Turkey. Tel: +90-216-414-4732, Fax: +90-216-414-4732C E-mail:

SUMMARY: During a 6-month period, swab samples were obtained from the nares, axilla and perineum of 1,000 children, age 0 to 16 years, who were attending a pediatric outpatient clinic. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated in 173 of the children. Only one child, a 35-day-old boy who had remained at the neonatal intensive care unit for 1 week after birth, was identified as a carrier of methicillin-resistant S. aureus. Except in diagnosed cases of allergic rhinitis, potential predisposing factors for colonization with S. aureus in our sample were comparable to those in non-colonized children.

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