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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Sep;77(1):64-8. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2013.06.008. Epub 2013 Jul 19.

First report of a sequence type 239 vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus isolate in Mainland China.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Medical Sciences, Third Military Medical University, Key Laboratory of Microbial Engineering under the Educational Committee in Chongqing, Chongqing 400038, China.

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important pathogen that causes a wide range of both hospital- and community-acquired infections. The high prevalence of MRSA and the extensive use of vancomycin in Mainland China may lead to the emergence of vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA) isolates. In this case, we report a VISA isolate from a 34-year-old male patient with steam burn. The isolate was determined to be sequence type 239 staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type III, the most prevalent MRSA clone in Mainland China.

KEYWORDS:

MRSA; VISA; Vancomycin

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