TABLE 1.

Nasal carriage of MRSA among infants and children presented for a well-child health care visit in Taiwan

Area of TaiwanNo. of subjectsNo. (%) with S. aureusaNo. (%) with MRSAb
Northern1,279344 (26.9)121 (9.5)
Central1,011180 (17.8)49 (4.8)
Southern756189 (25)51 (6.7)
Total3,046713 (23.4)221 (7.3)
  • a The rate of carriage of S. aureus among children in the central region was significantly lower than those among children in the northern and southern regions (P < 0.001).

  • b The rate of carriage of MRSA among children in the northern region was significantly higher than those among children in the central (P < 0.001) and southern (P = 0.039) regions.