Nostrils of healthy volunteers are independent with regard to Staphylococcus aureus carriage

Beau J. Kildow, Johan P. Conradie, Rachel L. Robson

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Abstract

The right and left nares of healthy adults (n=251) were swabbed separately to determine carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in each nostril. Carriers were significantly more likely to carry S. aureus in one nostril than in both. Of those carrying S. aureus in both nostrils, 20% carried genetically distinct strains in each. Nostrils belonging to a single individual should not be assumed to be homogenous with respect to carriage of S. aureus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3744-3746
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume50
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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