a1 Infection Prevention and Control, Providence Health Care, Vancouver, Canada
a2 Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
a3 British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Providence Health Care, Vancouver, Canada
We examined and described colonization of MRSA in the anterior nares and throat from 184 community-recruited injection drug users. Thirty-seven (20%) were positive for MRSA: most (34, 92%) were carriers in the nares; while only three (8%) were carriers detected by throat swabs alone. The majority (29, 78%) of MRSA isolates were PVL positive.
(Accepted November 01 2011)
(Online publication December 13 2011)
c1 Author for correspondence: Dr E. Lloyd-Smith, Infection Prevention and Control, Providence Health Care, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada.(Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)