Sylvianne Rottiers

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OBJECTIVES Surveillance of hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (HA-MRSA) infections has shown the emergence and spread of several epidemic MRSA clones over the past 10 years in Belgium. Whether these clones have been imported from abroad or else have arisen locally via staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) acquisition by(More)
BACKGROUND The development of DNA amplification for the direct detection of M. tuberculosis from clinical samples has been a major goal of clinical microbiology during the last ten years. However, the limited sensitivity of most DNA amplification techniques restricts their use to smear positive samples. On the other hand, the development of automated liquid(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the performance of the automated Vitek 2 system, the disc diffusion method and a home-made mupirocin screen agar (MSA) to detect mupirocin resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates. METHODS A total of 125 MRSA isolates were tested. The level of mupirocin resistance was determined by agar dilution and(More)
Staphylococcus argenteus is a novel Staphylococcus species closely related to Staphylococcus aureus that has been recently described. In this study, we investigated the proportion and the characteristics of S. argenteus recovered from humans in Belgium. S. aureus. human isolates collected in Belgium from 2006 to 2015 (n = 1,903) were retrospectively(More)
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