Distribution of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus spa types isolated from health-care workers and patients in a Scottish university teaching hospital.

@article{Soliman2009DistributionOM,
  title={Distribution of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus spa types isolated from health-care workers and patients in a Scottish university teaching hospital.},
  author={Reham S. Soliman and Gabby Phillips and Patrick Whitty and D. H. Edwards},
  journal={Journal of medical microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={58 Pt 9},
  pages={1190-5}
}
Our study was aimed at comparing the meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains isolated from an anonymous group of health-care workers (HCWs) with those obtained from patient samples during a 3-month time interval. We employed spa typing and virulence gene profiling to characterize the MRSA strains. Our data revealed that a total of 14 discrete spa types were circulating in both patients and HCWs. The t032 spa type, characteristic of EMRSA15 and the Barnim EMRSA ST 22 clones… CONTINUE READING