A multicenter, cross-sectional study on the prevalence and risk factors for nasal colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in patients admitted to children's hospitals in Switzerland

Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Oct 1;47(7):923-6. doi: 10.1086/591700.


The rate of nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus and associated risk factors were determined in a cross-sectional study involving Swiss children's hospitals. S. aureus was isolated in 562 of 1363 cases. In a stepwise multivariate analysis, the variables age, duration of antibiotic use, and hospitalization of a household member were independently associated with carriage of S. aureus.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Carrier State / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Nasal Mucosa / microbiology
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents