Community-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage in hospitalized patients in tropical northern Australia
L Brennan, RA Lilliebridge, AC Cheng, PM Giffard, BJ Currie, SYC Tong
JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: Community-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) was first reported in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. It is a prominent clinical pathogen in northern Australia with potential for transmission within the local hospital setting. AIM: To determine epidemiological characteristics of S. aureus carriage within the Royal Darwin Hospital. METHODS: We screened two patient groups: an 'admission group' recruited within 48 h of admission; and an 'inpatient group' recruited five or more days after admission. S. aureus isolates were characterized by antibiotic susceptibility testing and genotyped by a multi-locus sequence type-based high-resolution melting s..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
S.T. is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (508829). A. C. is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship.