High Rates of Staphylococcus aureus USA400 Infection, Northern Canada
Published Date:Apr 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(4):722-725.
Corporate Authors:Northern Antibiotic Resistance Partnership
Aged, 80 And Over
Antimicrobial Drug Resistance
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Funding:Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Canada
Description:Surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus infections in 3 northern remote communities of Saskatchewan was undertaken. Rates of methicillin-resistant infections were extremely high (146-482/10,000 population), and most (98.2%) were caused by USA400 strains. Although USA400 prevalence has diminished in the United States, this strain is continuing to predominate throughout many northern communities in Canada.
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