Molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Israel: Dissemination of global clones and unique features

Amos Adler, I. Chmelnitsky, P. Shitrit, H. Sprecher, S. Navon-Venezia, A. Embon, E. Khabra, Y. Paitan, L. Keren, E. Halperin, Y. Carmeli, M. J. Schwaber

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Abstract

From 2006 to 2009, 315 clinical methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates were collected from 5 hospitals across Israel. Most isolates (64%) were related to the global clones spa types t001-SCCmec-I (SCCmec-I stands for staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type I) (n = 99; 31%), t002-SCCmec-II (n = 82; 26%), and t008-SCCmec-IV (n = 21; 7%), five of which were identified as MRSA strain USA-300. Seventeen strains unique to Israel were identified. SCCmec types IV and V were common among hospital-acquired isolates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-137
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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