April 28, 2004

Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(16):1960-1961. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1961-a

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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