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Spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus between the community and the hospitals in Asian countries: an ANSORP study

OBJECTIVES: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is highly prevalent in hospitals in many Asian countries. Recent emergence of community-associated (CA) MRSA worldwide has added another serious concern to the epidemiology of S. aureus infections. To understand the changing epidemiology of S. aureus infections in Asian countries, we performed a prospective, multinational surveillance study with molecular typing analysis. METHODS: We evaluated the prevalence of methicillin resistance in S. aureus isolates in CA and healthcare associated (HA) infections, and performed molecular characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility tests of MRSA isolates. RESULTS: MRSA accounted for 25.5% of CA S. aureus infections and 67.4% of HA infections. Predominant clones of CA-MRSA isolates were ST59-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t437, ST30-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t019 and ST72-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t324. Previously established nosocomial MRSA strains including sequence type (ST) 239 and ST5 clones were found among CA-MRSA isolates from patients without any risk factors for HA-MRSA infection. CA-MRSA clones such as ST59, ST30 and ST72 were also isolated from patients with HA infections. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings confirmed that MRSA infections in the community have been increasing in Asian countries. Data also suggest that various MRSA clones have spread between the community and hospitals as well as between countries. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2011;66:1061-1069.

Author: Song JH, Hsueh PR, Chung DR, Ko KS, Kang CI, Peck KR, Yeom J-S, Kim S-W, Chang H-H, Kim Y-S, Jung S-I, Son JS, So TM, Lalitha MK, Yang Y, Huang S-G, Hui Wang, Lu Q, Carlos CC, Perera JA, Chiu C-H, Liu J-W, Chongthaleong A, Thamlikitkul V, Van PH

Published: 01/01/2011

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy