Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in the Texas prison system.

Jacques Baillargeon, Michael F. Kelley, Charles T. Leach, Gwen Baillargeon, Brad H. Pollock

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Recent reports indicate that correctional facility inmates may be at elevated risk for contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection because of overcrowding, poor hygiene, and high rates of diseases causing immunosuppression. The present study of 299,179 Texas inmates who were incarcerated between 1999-2001 indicated an incidence of 12 MRSA infections/1000 person-years. Inmates with circulatory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, end-stage liver disease, end-stage renal disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and skin diseases all exhibited elevated rates of MRSA infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e92-95
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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