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To detect nasal carriage of bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus during an outbreak of staphylococcal infection.
Not useful for diagnosis of infection, unless a direct swab of draining abscess.
Presence of Staphylococcus aureus on several occasions reflects carrier state.
Waites KB and Thacker WL. Clin Microbiol Newslett 2001; 23: 123-129.