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BACKGROUND The USA300 methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) genetic background has rapidly emerged as the predominant cause of community-associated S. aureus infections in the U.S. However, epidemiologic characteristics of S. aureus household transmission are poorly understood. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study of adults and(More)
Belminus ferroae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) was collected from houses in the localities of San Alberto and Santa Catalina in the municipality of Toledo, Department of Norte de Santander, Colombia. Precipitin tests revealed that the main hosts of B. ferroae are insects belonging to the order Blattodea, whose haemolymph serves as food (89.43%). A low rate of(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients suffer from recurrent Staphylococcus aureus infections, but there are few data examining recurrence predictors. METHODS We followed adults and children after treatment for S. aureus skin infections and their household contacts in Los Angeles and Chicago. We surveyed subjects for S. aureus body colonization, household fomite(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand the genotypic spectrum of environmental contamination of Staphylococcus aureus in households and its persistence. DESIGN Prospective longitudinal cohort investigation. SETTING Index participants identified at 2 academic medical centers. PARTICIPANTS Adults and children with S. aureus skin infections and their household contacts(More)
Hunting and butchering of wildlife in Central Africa are known risk factors for a variety of human diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Due to the high incidence of human exposure to body fluids of non-human primates, the significant prevalence of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in non-human primates, and hunting/butchering associated cross-species(More)
—The resistance to antibiotics and presence of plasmids in fecal coliforms isolated from the tropical rain forest of El Yunque, Puerto Rico, was studied. Densities of fecal coliforms obtained from a pristine site and a sewage contaminated site in this forest’s watershed were higher than maximum levels allowed for recreational waters. Approximately 70% of(More)
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