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Euro Surveill. 2004 Nov;9(11):29-30.

Report on the first PVL-positive community acquired MRSA strain in Latvia.

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P. Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia.


Infections by community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) have been reported worldwide. Here we present characterisation of the first CA-MRSA isolated in Latvia. A PVL-positive ST30-MRSA-IV strain was isolated from a nasal swab and the central venous catheter of a patient with fever and multiple organ failure. The PFGE pattern of this strain was identical to pattern SE00-3 of MRSA isolated in Sweden from 29 patients during 2000-2003. This strain is related to the South Pacific area, and its appearance in Sweden and Latvia demonstrates its global spread.

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