Journal article

Clinical and molecular epidemiology of community-onset invasive Staphylococcus aureus infection in New Zealand children

DA Williamson, SR Ritchie, SA Roberts, GW Coombs, MG Thomas, O Hannaford, MG Baker, D Lennon, JD Fraser

Epidemiology and Infection | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014


Our aim was to describe the epidemiology and incidence of community-onset invasive S. aureus disease in children presenting to our hospital, and to compare the clonal complexes and virulence genes of S. aureus strains causing invasive and non-invasive disease. The virulence gene repertoire of invasive disease isolates was characterized using DNA microarray and compared with the virulence gene repertoire of non-invasive S. aureus isolates. Over the study period, 163 children had an invasive S. aureus infection. There was no difference in the distribution of clonal complexes or in the prevalence of genes encoding virulence factors between invasive and non-invasive isolates. Future research sho..

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