Virtually all methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the largest Portuguese teaching hospital are caused by two internationally spread multiresistant strains: the 'Iberian' and the 'Brazilian' clones of MRSA.

@article{Oliveira1998VirtuallyAM,
  title={Virtually all methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the largest Portuguese teaching hospital are caused by two internationally spread multiresistant strains: the 'Iberian' and the 'Brazilian' clones of MRSA.},
  author={Duarte C. Oliveira and Ilda Santos-Sanches and Rosario Mato and M. Blanca Tamayo and Graça Ribeiro and Daniela Costa and Herminia de Lencastre},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  year={1998},
  volume={4 7},
  pages={373-384}
}
OBJECTIVE: To determine the nature (clonal type and antibiotic resistance pattern) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains recovered from the largest teaching hospital in Portugal and to detect temporal trends in clonal types during three consecutive surveillance periods in 1992--93, 1994--95 and 1996. METHODS: MRSA strains were characterized by chromosomal SmaI macrorestriction patterns using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and by DNA fingerprints---applied to… CONTINUE READING

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