Table 1

Staphylococcus species recovered from 444 nasal swabs

Staphylococcus species recoveredTotal n, (%)
(n=444)
Methicillin-resistant phenotype n, (%) (n=137*)
Staphylococcus aureus 137, (30.8)
  MRSA9, (6.6)
S. epidermidis 364, (81.9)
 MRSE17, (12.4)
S. haemolyticus 14, (3.1)
 MRSH0
S. saprophyticus 8, (1.8)
  MRSS1, (0.73)
Co-carriage species
S. aureus+S. epidermidis 137, (30.8)
  MRSA+MR-CoNS1, (0.72)
  fusC-positive S. aureus+CoNS1, (0.72)
  • *CoNS were investigated only in those positive for nasal S. aureus in the student cohort and not in all those recruited.

  • CoNS, coagulase-negative staphylococci; MRSA, methicillin-resistant S. aureus; MRSE, methicillin-resistant S. epidermidis; MRSH, methicillin-resistant S. haemolyticus; MRSS, methicillin-resistant S. saprophyticus.