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J Hosp Infect. 2004 Jan;56(1):16-21.

Ten years phage-typing of Belgian clinical methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates (1992-2001).

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Pasteur Institute, Service Lysotypie, Engelandstraat 642, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium. cwildemauwe@pasteur.be

Abstract

Gradual changes have been observed in the phage-types of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates from Belgian hospitals. A total of 6551 isolates, collected in 93 Belgian hospitals over 10 years (1992-2001), was examined. A decreasing incidence of the main early Belgian epidemic phage-types ([A], [B], [H]*, Jo*) was observed. Since 1997 and 2000, a new series of phage-types ([Hv]*, [J]*, [O]*), which were likely related to the previous group [H]*, have been noted. The general trends were confirmed in two particular hospitals. Local epidemic and/or endemic phage-types were also encountered.

PMID:
14706266
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2003.09.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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