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Abstract

This study provides what we believe to be the first report of the presence of EMRSA-15 and its variants isolated from nasal swabs from 13 healthy and diseased individuals in India. The majority of the isolates belonged to staphylococcal cassette chromosome (SCC) type IV and type t852, whilst four isolates were non-typable and heterotypic for the presence of the gene. All non-typable isolates were positive for the gene by PCR and belonged to types t005 and t2986. They may have variant SCC cassettes indicating genetic changes occurring in the Indian EMRSA-15. All isolates were positive for Panton–Valentine leukocidin and toxic shock syndrome toxin, which is a cause for concern. In addition to soft-tissue infections, the EMRSA-15 isolates from patients were also responsible for meningitis and brain abscesses, which is quite rare.

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