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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. mdavid@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

Abstract

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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