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Volume 16, Number 9—September 2010


Illicit Drug Use and Risk for USA300 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections with Bacteremia

Kristen M. KreiselComments to Author , J. Kristie Johnson, O. Colin Stine, Michelle D. Shardell, Eli N. Perencevich, Alan J. Lesse, Fred M. Gordin, Michael W. Climo, and Mary-Claire Roghmann
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (K.M. Kreisel, J.K. Johnson, O.C. Stine, M.D. Shardell, E.N. Perencevich, M.-C. Roghmann); VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore (K.M. Kreisel, E.N. Perencevich, M.-C. Roghmann); VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, New York, USA (A.J. Lesse); University at Buffalo, Buffalo (A.J. Lesse); Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA (F.M. Gordin); George Washington University, Washington (F.M. Gordin); Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA, USA (M.W. Climo); Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (M.W. Climo)

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Table 2

Infection characteristics for 300 veterans who had Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia at 4 Veterans Affairs medical centers, USA, 2004–2008

Infection characteristic
Nosocomial infection
Yes 172 (57)
128 (43)
Central line at time of infection
Yes 83 (28)
217 (72)
Permanent hardware at time of infection
Yes 88 (29)
212 (71)
Source of infection
Primary 126 (42)
174 (58)
Infection complicated by endocarditis*
Yes 38 (13)
262 (87)
Infection complicated by pneumonia†
Yes 45 (15)
No 255 (85)

*Data missing for 4 patients (1%).
†Data missing for 11 patients (4%).

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