Staff carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (EMRSA 15) and the home environment: a case report

J Hosp Infect. 1997 Apr;35(4):307-11. doi: 10.1016/s0195-6701(97)90225-5.


A case of refractory carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by a nurse is described. The nurse's home environment was widely contaminated with MRSA and two family members acquired the organism. Relapse of carriage after routine anti-staphylococcal measures and three negative sets of screening specimens resulted in a hospital outbreak involving three patients. The problem was finally terminated after a co-ordinated commercial cleaning of the house, thermal disinfection of all linen and replacement of some soft furnishings.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carrier State / microbiology*
  • Cross Infection / etiology*
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Family
  • Female
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient*
  • Methicillin Resistance*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects