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Staphylococcus aureus on the hair
  1. W. C. Noble
  1. Bacteriology Department, Institute of Dermatology, St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London


    Staphylococcus aureus was found to be present on the hair of about 10% of people having no hospital contact and on that of about 50% of patients with skin diseases.

    The `resident' carrier rate was higher in patients with eczema and psoriasis than in others and appeared to be related to carriage of the organisms on the skin.

    Much of the `transient' carriage could be attributed to contamination from other sources in the ward.

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