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Volume 18, Number 6—June 2012

CME ACTIVITY - Research

Trends in Invasive Infection with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Connecticut, USA, 2001–2010

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Article Title: Trends in Invasive Infection with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Connecticut, USA, 2001–2010

CME Questions

1. What was the most common classification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over the 10-year study period of the current research?

A. Hospital onset (HO)

B. Health care-associated community onset (HACO)

C. Community-associated (CA)

D. Undefined

2. MRSA was most common among which of the following patient groups?

A. Younger patients

B. Non-Hispanic black patients

C. Hispanic patients

D. Residents of small towns

3. Which classification of MRSA was the only one to increase between 2001 and 2010?

A. All MRSA cases

B. HO

C. HACO

D. CA

4. Which of the following statements regarding the bacteriology of MRSA infections in the present study is most accurate?

A. Blood isolates of MRSA were the most common infection

B. Joint isolates were more likely in HACO vs CA cases of MRSA

C. Most PFGE types were community strains of MRSA

D. The prevalence of community pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) types declined between 2005 and 2010

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