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A three-year surveillance of nosocomial infections by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus haemolyticus in newborns reveals the disinfectant as a possible reservoir.

This was a study of the clonality of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus haemolyticus responsible for epidemic infections in a neonatal intensive care unit.Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus haemolyticus isolates were collected during the period from March 2004 to November 2006, from newborns, the clean hands of nurses and from disinfectant bottles used in the unit. Molecular typing by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was achieved for all isolates.The results of this study suggest that MRSH neonatal infections are caused by a limited number of clones. Clone B was able to survive in disinfectant bottles and to conserve its ability to infect newborns. We therefore conclude that the disinfectant can serve as a reservoir for MRSH and point out the need to control all disinfectants used in a neonatal intensive care unit. Pathologie Biologie. May, 2008.

Author: Ben Saida N, Marzouk M, Ferjeni A, Boukadida J

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Pathologie Biologie