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Volume 14, Number 2—February 2008


Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Geneva, Switzerland, 1993–2005

Patrice Francois*1Comments to Author , Stephan Harbarth*1, Antoine Huyghe*, Gesuele Renzi*, Manuela Bento*, Alain Gervaix*, Didier Pittet*, and Jacques Schrenzel*
Author affiliations: *University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland;

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Table 1

Demographic characteristics, types of infection, and epidemiologic profiles of 
61 patients with CA-MRSA colonization or infection, Geneva University Hospitals, 2002–2005*

Characteristic Value
Demographic data
Mean ± SD age, y 33 ± 21
Male 35 (57)
Immigrant, foreign origin or residency 
 outside Switzerland 25 (41)
Recent history of travel before CA-MRSA 
 isolation 29 (48)
Institutionalized (prison, nursing home, 
 asylum-seeker camp) 11 (18)
Healthcare worker
4 (7)
Type of infection/colonization
Primary cutaneous abscess or pyoderma 27 (44)
Wound infection 4 (7)
Impetigo 3 (5)
Other 1 (2)
26 (43)
Site of skin infection (n = 27)
Head and face 6
Upper extremity 6
Trunk and buttock 7
Lower extremity
Other clinical features
Presence of >1 other medical condition 16 (26)
Previous exposure (<6 mo) to antimicrobial 
 drug 16 (26)
Case-fatality mortality rate 0

*Values are no. (%) of patients unless otherwise indicated. For 2 patients, no microbiologic specimen was available for molecular characterization. See also supplementary material (available from CA-MRSA, community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.