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Volume 50, Number 4, August 2017

Nasal Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage among college student athletes in northern Taiwan 

Hong-Kai Wang, Chun-Yen Huang, Chih-Jung Chen, Yhu-Chering Huang


Corresponding author:

Yhu-Chering Huang, Corresponding author. Department of Pediatrics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, No. 5, Fu-Shin Street, Gueishan, 333, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Fax: +886 3 3288957. 


Background and purpose: 

Of 259 college students in northern Taiwan surveyed, nasal carriage rate of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was 22.4% and 1.54%, respectively and no significant difference was found between athlete students and non-athlete students. Three of four MRSA isolates belonged to sequence type 59, the endemic community clone. 


Key words:

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Community-associated, Athlete, College student, Taiwan