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Abstract

Community-acquired meticillin-resistant (CA-MRSA) is becoming an important public-health problem. This study attempted to investigate and MRSA colonization in nasal swabs obtained from 843 patients without a history of hospitalization at the time of hospital admission and from 72 health-care workers chosen for comparison. Of the patients, was detected in 218/843 (25.9 %) and MRSA in 17/843 (2.0 %). Of the health-care workers, was detected in 15/72 (20.8 %) and MRSA in 10/72 (13.9 %). The majority of the 27 MRSA isolates exhibited a sensitivity pattern expected for CA-MRSA. Multilocus restriction fragment typing resolved the isolates into eight restriction fragment types. The predominant restriction fragment types were AAACCAA and AAAAAAA, accounting for 51.9 % (14/27) of the MRSA isolates and included CC5 and CC1 groups, respectively. This study thus demonstrated the transmission of CA-MRSA strain types into a health-care setting, emphasizing the need for implementation of a revised set of control measures in both hospital and community settings.

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