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Evaluation and control of the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Dermatology unit of Hospital das Clínicas

Grant number: 06/03003-7
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2007 - February 28, 2009
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal Investigator:Anna Sara Shafferman Levin
Grantee:Anna Sara Shafferman Levin
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


In 2003 an increase in the incidence of infections caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was observed in the Dermatology Unit of Hospital das Clínicas.The objective of this study is to evaluate the transmission of MRSA among the patients of this unit and characterize these isolates. Using surveillance cultures of the nares and skin MRSA-colonized patients will be detected. The isolates will be confirmed using PCR as described by Kearns et al.,1999 and susceptibility to various antimicrobials will be determined by broth microdilution. Using PCR the SCCmec type will be evaluated. The isolates will be typed using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. (AU)

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PACHECO, RENATA L.; LOBO, RENATA D.; OLIVEIRA, MAURA S.; FARINA, ELTHON F.; SANTOS, CLEIDE R.; COSTA, SILVIA F.; PADOVEZE, MARIA CLARA; GARCIA, CILMARA P.; TRINDADE, PRISCILA A.; QUITERIO, LIGIA M.; et al. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage in a dermatology unit. Clinics, v. 66, n. 12, p. 2071-2077, . (06/03003-7)

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