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J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Apr;46(4):1520-2. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02238-07. Epub 2008 Jan 30.

Rapid detection of the pandemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clone ST 239, a dominant strain in Asian hospitals.

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  • 1Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom. e.feil@bath.ac.uk

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We describe and validate a novel PCR assay to detect the pandemic hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (HA-MRSA) lineage ST 239. Results based on previously uncharacterized isolates from a hospital in northeast Thailand support the view that at least 90% of HA-MRSA isolates in mainland Asia correspond to ST 239 or close relatives.

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