Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: In response to Drs Salgado and Farr,
we acknowledged that conducting sentinel site rather than population-based
surveillance for MRSA infection was a limitation of our study. The primary
advantage of a population-based study would be to determine population-based
incidence rates reflecting all patient encounters. However, our sentinel approach
demonstrated considerable differences between health care–associated
and community-associated MRSA, and represents the most comprehensive study
of its type published to date.
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