Clifford G. Wlodaver, MD; Scott J. N. McNabb, PhD
To the editors: Studies have found that colonization by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) leads to infection more frequently than does colonization by methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (1) and that MRSA colonization can be eliminated by mupirocin (2). These findings suggest that eradication of MRSA should and can be done. However, we disagree with Dr. Haley's editorial (3), which depicts MRSA as an "Andromeda strain" that requires particular isolation management We have great respect for MRSA. Its multiple antibiotic resistance and potential for morbidity and mortality are not in question. Our contention is that MRSA is one of many multiply resistant organisms.
Wlodaver CG, McNabb SJN. MRSA in Perspective. Ann Intern Med. ;114:704–705. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-8-704_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(8):704-705.
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