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Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Nov 15;37(10):1384-8. Epub 2003 Oct 17.

Increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in California jails.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California 94110, USA. fpr@epi-center.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates obtained from patients who were inmates of the San Francisco County jail system showed an increase in the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from 29%, in 1997, to 74%, in 2002; 91% of the MRSA isolates carried staphylococcal chromosomal cassette mec (SCCmec) type IV. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis and multilocus sequence typing demonstrated 2 major clonal groups. One of these clonal groups is genetically indistinguishable from the strain responsible for an outbreak of MRSA in the Los Angeles County jail system in 2002.

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