Changing molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an Algerian hospital

  • Patrick Basset Service of Hospital Preventive Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
  • Wahiba Amhis Central Laboratory of Biology, Bologhine Ibn Ziri Hospital, Algiers, Algeria
  • Dominique S. Blanc Service of Hospital Preventive Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
Keywords: MRSA, molecular epidemiology, Algeria, DLST

Abstract

Introduction: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of both hospital- and community-acquired infections worldwide. However, data about the molecular epidemiology of MRSA in North Africa are still scarce.

Methodology: All MRSA isolates recovered between January 2006 and July 2011 from one Algerian hospital were genetically and phenotypically characterized.

Results: The predominance of a European community-associated-MRSA (CA-MRSA) clone (ST80-SCCmec IV-PVL positive) was revealed by this analysis.

Conclusion: Our data suggest that a CA-MRSA clone recently invaded the hospital setting in Algiers and replaced a typical hospital-associated pandemic clone such as the Brazilian clone (ST239-SCCmec IIImercury-PVL negative).

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Published
2015-02-19
How to Cite
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Basset P, Amhis W, Blanc DS (2015) Changing molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an Algerian hospital. J Infect Dev Ctries 9:206-209. doi: 10.3855/jidc.4620
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