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Volume 12, Number 12—December 2006

Research

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Veterinary Personnel

Beth A. Hanselman*Comments to Author , Steve A. Kruth*, Joyce Rousseau*, Donald E. Low†, Barbara M. Willey†, Allison McGeer†, and J. Scott Weese*
Author affiliations: *Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; †Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Table 1

Risk factors for MRSA colonization among veterinary conference attendees, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, June 3–5, 2005*

Variable MRSA-colonized persons, n/N (%) p value
In clinical practice 0.01
   Yes 27/367 (7.4)
   No 0/47
Animal type† <0.01
   Large 15/96 (15.6)
   Small 12/271 (4.4)
Practice/facility type
   Academic 11/136 (8.1) 0.29
   Private specialty 10/103 (10) 0.10
   General 6/139 (4.3) 0.97
   Other 0/36 0.97
Position 0.96
   Veterinarian 23/345 (7.0)
   Technician 4/34 (12.0)
Personally diagnosed MRSA in an animal 0.12
   Yes 19/275 (6.9)
   No 7/48 (13)
MRSA case identified at clinic 0.045
   Yes 15/244 (6.2)
   No 12/97 (12)
Personally had diagnosis of MRSA infection or colonization 0.98
   Yes 0/4
   No 27/363 (7.4)
Hospitalized within past 30 d 0.28
   Yes 1/5 (20)
   No 26/362 (7.2)
Healthcare worker in household 0.81
   Yes 2/33 (6.1)
   No 25/309 (7.5)

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
†Clinical practice only.

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
†Clinical practice only.

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
†Clinical practice only.

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