Laboratory characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Canadian hospitals: results of 5 years of National Surveillance, 1995-1999.


Two thousand seven hundred eighty single-patient, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates collected between January 1995 and December 1999 at 17 tertiary care hospital sites across Canada were characterized by phenotypic and genotypic techniques. Six clonal types, as defined by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, comprised 87% of all… (More)


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