The nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was investigated in 475 hospital staff of different categories. The overall carriage was 34.42 per cent with a significantly higher rate in females (67.53 per cent) than in males (23.81 per cent). Nurses, orderlies and attending physicians had a higher carriage rate than other categories of staff investigated. The rate was higher in personnel working in accident, neonatal and postnatal wards than in other wards. As many as 51.94 per cent of the strains of S. aureus were resistant to penicillin while 22.72 per cent of them were resistant to ampicillin.
The Journal of communicable diseases 04/1992; 24(1):46-8.