Strategies of adaptation of Staphylococcus epidermidis to hospital and community: amplification and diversification of SCCmec.

@article{Rolo2012StrategiesOA,
  title={Strategies of adaptation of Staphylococcus epidermidis to hospital and community: amplification and diversification of SCCmec.},
  author={Joana Rolo and Herminia de Lencastre and Maria Miragaia},
  journal={The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy},
  year={2012},
  volume={67 6},
  pages={1333-41}
}
OBJECTIVES Staphylococcus epidermidis is a harmless commensal, but it can become a human pathogen, mainly in the hospital environment. In order to clarify strategies used by these bacteria to adapt to the hospital environment, we compared the population structure and staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) content of S. epidermidis from the community and hospital. METHODS S. epidermidis were collected from nasal swabs of both healthy military draftees (192 isolates) and patients (94… CONTINUE READING
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