Epidemic methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus lineages are the main cause of infections at an Iranian university hospital.

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Epidemic methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus lineages are the main cause of infections at an Iranian university hospital.

J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Nov;49(11):3990-3

Authors: Havaei SA, Vidovic S, Tahmineh N, Mohammad K, Mohsen K, Starnino S, Dillon JA

Abstract
The majority of Staphylococcus aureus infections from Isfahan, Iran, were caused by epidemic methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) lineages, sequence type 8 (ST8), ST22, ST30, and ST6. The predominant methicillin-resistant S. aureus strain was ST239. We observed a high prevalence of Panton-Valentine leukocidin-positive MSSA strains (19.7%), which is a matter of considerable concern, since these strains have the ability to cause severe infections.

PMID: 21940478 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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