We studied the transmissibility of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) and healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (HA-MRSA) strains and the association of MRSA colonization pressure and MRSA transmission in critically ill children. Importantly, we found that in hospitalized children MRSA colonization pressure above 10% increases the risk of MRSA transmission 3-fold, and CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA strains have similar transmission dynamics.
- Colonization pressure
- Healthcare-associated infections
- Intensive care unit
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases
- Microbiology (medical)