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Can J Infect Dis. 1999 Sep;10(5):333-6.

Characterization and proposed nomenclature of epidemic strains of MRSA in Canada.

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Department of Microbiology and SD Laboratory Services, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre;


The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been increasing in many Canadian hospitals over the past few years. Some strains may be considered 'epidemic', in that they are clinically or epidemiologically significant, and have been identified in patients from multiple hospitals and geographic regions across the country. This paper describes phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of four epidemic MRSA strains in Canada and proposes standardized nomenclature.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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