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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage among healthy employees of the Hellenic Air Force.

The incidence of infections caused by MRSA apparently acquired in the community (CA-MRSA) is increasing. Recent reports from Greece indicated community emergence of MRSA mainly implicated in skin and soft tissue infections in children. The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage among 959 healthy employees of the Hellenic Air Force was investigated from November 2004 to October 2005. Nine participants were colonised by MRSA (SCCmec type IV). Eight of the MRSA isolates were PVL-negative and belonged to ST30 by MLST, while the remaining one isolate was PVL-positive and classified as ST-80. Eurosurveillance. 2008;13(40).

Author: Karapsias S, Piperaki ET, Spiliopoulou I, Katsanis G, Tseleni-Kotsovili A

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Eurosurveillance