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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

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COIMBRA JR, Carlos E. A.; SANTOS, Ricardo Ventura  and  TANUS, Ronan. Epidemiological studies among amerindians of Rondônia: I — Pioderma and assymptomatic carriers of Staphylococcus sp. in the mouth and nose among the Suruí and Karitiana Indians. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 1985, vol.27, n.1, pp.13-19. ISSN 1678-9946.

Bacteriological examinations were done with 38 Indian patients from the Suruí and 58 patients from the Karitiana groups, in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. Among the Suruí, S. aureus was isolated in 10 (26.3%) individuals and S. epidermidis in 25 (65,8%). In the Karitiana population, S. aureus was recorded from 21 (36.2%) patients and S. epidermidis from 42 (72.4%). Sensibility tests to different drugs were done with all strains of S. aureus isolated. The Authors discuss the role of assymptomatic carriers of these bacteria in the oral and nasal cavities, as well as some aspects related to its transmission and the prevalence of pyoderma infections within Indian population.

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