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J Clin Microbiol. 2002 Nov;40(11):4289-94.

Dissemination of new methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clones in the community.

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  • 1Department of Bacteriology, Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan. hiram@med.juntendo.ac.jp

Abstract

Multiple methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clones carrying type IV staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec were identified in the community-acquired MRSA strains of both the United States and Australia. They multiplied much faster than health-care-associated MRSA and were resistant to fewer non-beta-lactam antibiotics. They seem to have been derived from more diverse S. aureus populations than health-care-associated MRSA strains.

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12409412
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PMCID:
PMC139674
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