Journal article

Rapid Emergence and Evolution of Staphylococcus aureus Clones Harboring fusC-Containing Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome Elements

Sarah L Baines, Benjamin P Howden, Helen Heffernan, Timothy P Stinear, Glen P Carter, Torsten Seemann, Jason C Kwong, Stephen R Ritchie, Deborah A Williamson

ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2016

Abstract

The prevalence of fusidic acid (FA) resistance amongStaphylococcus aureusstrains in New Zealand (NZ) is among the highest reported globally, with a recent study describing a resistance rate of approximately 28%. Three FA-resistantS. aureusclones (ST5 MRSA, ST1 MSSA, and ST1 MRSA) have emerged over the past decade and now predominate in NZ, and in all three clones FA resistance is mediated by thefusCgene. In particular, ST5 MRSA has rapidly become the dominant MRSA clone in NZ, although the origin of FA-resistant ST5 MRSA has not been explored, and the genetic context offusCin FA-resistant NZ isolates is unknown. To better understand the rapid emergence of FA-resistantS. aureus, we used popul..

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