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USA300 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Cuba

Joost Hopman1*, Gilda Toraño Peraza2, Fidel Espinosa3, Corné H Klaassen4, Dayneris Menéndez Velázquez2, Jacques F Meis4 and Andreas Voss14*

Author Affiliations

1 Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2 Pedro Kourí Institute, Department of Bacteriology-Mycology, Havana, Cuba

3 Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, Department of Microbiology, Havana, Cuba

4 Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012, 1:2  doi:10.1186/2047-2994-1-2

Published: 26 January 2012

Abstract

Background

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is an increasing problem in the Caribbean. We investigated the molecular epidemiology of MRSA isolates on Cuba.

Findings

The predominant clone was of the spa type t149, followed by community-associated MRSA USA300.

Conclusions

We report the first molecular typing results of MRSA isolates from Cuba.

Keywords:
MRSA; Cuba; Caribbean; Infection control; Hospital-associated-infection; Low-resource setting