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Table 3 Screening sites positive for S. aureus

From: The role of Staphylococcus aureus carriage in the pathogenesis of bloodstream infection

Site Number of participants positive in this site as a proportion of all patients with BSI (%) (n = 78) Number of participants with positive SA swabs in this site as a proportion of all SA swab positive patients (%) (n = 46) 95% confidence interval Number of participants with SA positive swabs in this site only (%) (n = 46)
Nose 37 (47%) 37 (80%) 69-92 21 (46%)
Throat 11 (14%) 11 (24%) 11-37 3 (4%)
Groin 12 (15%) 12 (26%) 12-39 1 (1%)
Axilla 11 (14%) 11 (24%) 11-37 1 (1%)
Rectum 8 (10%) 8 (17%) 6-29 0
  1. Numbers add up to greater than 100% as patients could be positive in more than one site.
  2. BSI – blood stream infection, SA – Staphylococcus aureus.