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Kids’ staph infections lurk on family, too

Family members of children with a staph infection often harbor a drug-resistant form of the germ, even though they don’t show symptoms, say researchers.

The results are published in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Investigators focused on family members of nearly 200 children who had Staphylococcus aureus infections in the skin and soft tissue, in areas such as the nose, armpits, and/or groin. They found that of the more than 600 household members who lived with the children, more than half were colonized with S aureus.

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