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Humans are a natural reservoir for S. aureus, and asymptomatic colonization is far more common than infection. Colonization of the nasopharynx, perineum, or skin, particularly if the cutaneous barrier has been disrupted or damaged, may occur shortly after birth and may recur anytime thereafter (6). Family members of a colonized infant may also become colonized. Transmission occurs by direct contact to a colonized carrier. Carriage rates are 25% to 50%; higher rates than in the general population are observed in injection drug users, persons with insulin-dependent diabetes, patients with dermatologic conditions, patients with long-term indwelling intravascular catheters, and health-care workers (7). Young children tend to have higher colonization rates, probably because of their frequent contact with respiratory secretions (8,9). Colonization may be transient or persistent and can last for years (10).
beryl asked the Naked Scientists:I am a 65y old lady with a very low immune system on steroids for 40 years. I've got lupus, myasthenia gravis and lots of other complications.I worked and ran my own cleaning business for 23 years but had to give up last year. I got MRSA in a leg ulcer in May. I'm 99.9% sure I got it up my surgery as it was the only place it was dressed.I have had 3 months of hell with it and had 5 different treatments so far. Can you explain why i was told to go home not to tell family or friends that i have got it? Surely the community and public should be aware about it? What are your thoughts on this please? BerylWhat do you think?
Surely the base of the feet wouldn't be the best place to get something to absorb through the skin? Wrists, maybe?