Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus among military recruits

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 May;10(5):941-4. doi: 10.3201/eid1005.030604.


We report an outbreak of 235 community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections among military recruits. In this unique environment, the close contact between recruits and the physical demands of training may have contributed to the spread of MRSA. Control measures included improved hygiene and aggressive clinical treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Community-Acquired Infections / epidemiology*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / microbiology*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methicillin Resistance*
  • Military Personnel*
  • Soft Tissue Infections / epidemiology
  • Soft Tissue Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections / epidemiology
  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus aureus* / drug effects