John W. Pearman

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to be a notable cause of hospital-acquired infections. A statewide screening and control policy was implemented in Western Australia (WA) after an outbreak of epidemic MRSA in a Perth hospital in 1982. We report on statutory notifications from 1998 to 2002 and review the 20-year period from 1983(More)
OBJECTIVES Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) was first reported in remote regions of Western Australia (WA) in 1992 and is now the predominant MRSA isolated in the State. To gain insights into the emergence of CA-MRSA, 2146 people living in 11 remote WA communities were screened for colonization with S. aureus. (More)
A large single-strain outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) vanB occurred in Royal Perth Hospital from July to December 2001. When a VREF-carrying patient was discovered on a ward, all patients on the ward were screened with rectal swabs. A total of 172 patients were colonised, four with infections, but no deaths were attributable to(More)
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