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J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jul;51(7):2443-7. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01057-13. Epub 2013 May 8.

Asymptomatic carriage of sequence type 398, spa type t571 methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus in an urban jail: a newly emerging, transmissible pathogenic strain.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Sequence type 398 (ST398) Staphylococcus aureus, frequently carried by livestock, has caused severe human infections and often carries transmissible antibiotic resistance genes. Among methicillin-susceptible S. aureus isolates colonizing Dallas County Jail detainees, 13.2% were ST398, spa type t571, and were genetically similar to human colonization isolates from New York, Chicago, and the Dominican Republic.

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