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Volume 11, Number 6—June 2005

Dispatch

Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Pediatric Patients

Theresa J. Ochoa*, John Mohr*, Audrey Wanger*†, James R. Murphy*, and Gloria P. Heresi*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA; †Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

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Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of hospitalized pediatric patients with CA-MRSA and CA-MSSA infections*

Demographic data No. MRSA (n = 159), (%) No. MSSA (n = 80), (%) p value
Age, median (range) 1.6 y (1.5 mo–17.9 y) 2.6 y (2 mo–17.7 y) <0.05
Female sex 86 (54.0) 38 (47.5) NS
Ethnicity
African American 75 (47.1) 27 (33.7) <0.05
Hispanic 52 (32.7) 32 (40.0) NS
White 21 (13.2) 14 (17.5) NS
Other 11 (6.9) 7 (8.7) NS
Clinical data NS
Duration bacteremia (d)†, mean ± SD 2.4 ± 1.8 1.1 ± 0.3 0.06
Surgical intervention 140 (88.1) 57 (70.4) <0.01
Hospital days, median (range) 3 (1–53) 4 (1–38) NS
Intensive care‡ 13 (8.2) 10 (12.5) NS

*CA, community-associated; MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; MSSA, methicillin-susceptible S. aureus; NS, not significant; SD, standard deviation.
†Positive blood cultures: 7 MRSA and 9 MSSA.
‡No. patients who required treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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