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Resistant Staph Finds New Niches

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1639-1641
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1639

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A major outbreak of a drug-resistant microbe among hundreds of jail inmates and gay men in the United States has epidemiologists scrambling to understand what's going on--and wondering whether a well-known pathogen is on the verge of becoming a much bigger problem.