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Volume 11, Number 10—October 2005

Research

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Western Australia

Lynne Dailey*, Geoffrey W. Coombs†, Frances G. O'Brien*, John W. Pearman†, Keryn Christiansen†, Warren B. Grubb*, and Thomas V. Riley‡Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, Western Australia, Australia; †Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; ‡The University of Western Australia and Western Australian Centre for Pathology & Medical Research, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia

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Table 1

Notifications of MRSA and rates per 100,000 population*

Location No. notifications (rate)
Total no. MRSA
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Central Wheatbelt 13 (25.5) 28 (54.9) 34 (66.7) 37 (72.6) 41 (80.4) 153
Goldfields 112 (199.9) 110 (196.3) 83 (148.1) 91 (162.4) 56 (99.9) 452
Great Southern 60 (87.8) 55 (80.5) 43 (62.9) 87 (127.3) 91 (133.2) 336
Kimberley 107 (255.0) 97 (231.1) 140 (333.6) 112 (266.9) 115 (274.0) 571
East Metropolitan 251 (109.2) 348 (151.4) 415 (180.5) 529 (230.1) 446 (194.0) 1,989
North Metropolitan 175 (33.5) 248 (47.5) 324 (62.1) 384 (73.5) 384 (73.5) 1,515
South Metropolitan 508 (86.4) 610 (103.8) 769 (130.8) 745 (126.7) 830 (141.2) 3,462
Mid West & Gascoyne 79 (117.3) 98 (145.5) 116 (172.2) 126 (187.0) 120 (178.1) 539
Pilbara 47 (109.9) 44 (102.9) 47 (109.9) 38 (88.9) 52 (121.6) 228
South West 68 (37.4) 89 (48.9) 78 (42.9) 111 (61.0) 137 (75.3) 483
Other/Unknown 21 40 53 66 47 227
Total 1,441 (77.9) 1,767 (95.5) 2,102 (113.7) 2,326 (125.8) 2,319 (125.4) 9,995

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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