Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in Gaborone, Botswana.

  title={Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in Gaborone, Botswana.},
  author={Sarah M. Wood and Samir Shah and Margaret Bafana and Adam J Ratner and Peter A. Meaney and Kolaatamo C S Malefho and Andrew P. Steenhoff},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  volume={30 8},
This cross-sectional study at a tertiary-care hospital in Botswana from 2000 to 2007 was performed to determine the epidemiologic characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. We identified a high prevalence (11.2% of bacteremia cases) of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) bacteremia. MRSA isolates had higher proportions of resistance to commonly used antimicrobials than did methicillin-susceptible isolates, emphasizing the need to revise empiric prescribing practices in Botswana. 

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