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Table 2 Outbreak of S. aureus in Robesonia, PA.

From: Interactions of pathogens and irritant chemicals in land-applied sewage sludges (biosolids)

Patient Onset of disease Age/sex Occupancy Presentation
1 Feb 93 15♂ resident furunclea
2 Jul/Aug 93 87♀ resident furuncleb
3 Jul 94 40♂ visitor furunclesa,c
4 Aug 94 66♀ visitor foliculitis
1 Mar 95 17♂ resident pneumonia
5 Jun/Jul 95 37♀ visitor furunclesd
6 Aug 95 7♀ visitor furuncleb
7 Dec 95 16♂ resident furunclec
8 Sep/Oct 97 46♂ resident furunclese,f
  1. Recurrent Staphylococcus aureus infections developed in a Robesonia, PA household over a 5-yr period after Class B biosolids were applied several times a week on a yearly basis to a nearby farm. Patients 1, 7, and 8 correspond with Residents 39, 40, and 41, respectively (Table 1). Patient 1 developed a S. aureus furuncle on one knee then, two years later, succumbed to S. aureus pneumonia.
  2. a knee; b leg; c thigh; d nose, arm, abdomen, buttocks; e neck, chin; f chest