Epidemiological typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): spa typing versus pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

@article{Melin2009EpidemiologicalTO,
  title={Epidemiological typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): spa typing versus pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.},
  author={Sara Melin and Sara Haeggman and Barbro E. Olsson-Liljequist and Maria Sj{\"o}lund and Peter A Nilsson and Barbro Isaksson and Sture L{\"o}fgren and Andreas Matussek},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2009},
  volume={41 6-7},
  pages={
          433-9
        }
}
Molecular methods based on sequencing, such as spa typing, have facilitated epidemiological typing of bacterial isolates compared to the gold standard pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a technically more demanding method. We studied methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in 4 Swedish counties from 2003 through 2005, and compared spa typing and PFGE results to epidemiological data. Of 280 MRSA isolates, 91 were from sporadic cases and 189 were associated with 35 outbreaks. A… CONTINUE READING
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