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MRSA Found on Hospital Privacy Curtains

September 27, 2011 — A recent study by the University of Iowa has found the privacy curtains that separate care spaces in hospitals are frequently contaminated with bacteria, including dangerous methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), reports Reuters.

As part of the study, researchers took 180 swab cultures from 43 privacy curtains at the University of Iowa Hospitals twice a week for three weeks. The study found bacteria on 41 of the tested curtains, including MRSA, and various species of Enterococci. The report urged health care workers to wash hands after touching the curtains and before seeing patients to prevent further contamination.

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