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Arun Kumar Parthasarathy1, Dinesh Babu R2 and Roma A. Chougale1
1Department of Microbiology, D.Y. Patil Medical College, Kolhapur – 416 006, Maharashtra, India.
2Tiruvanamalai Government of Medical College, Thiruvannamalai – 606 601, Tamil Nadu, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2022;16(2):834-840 | Article Number: 7302 | © The Author(s). 2022
Received: 09/09/2021 | Accepted: 19/01/2022 | Published online: 31/03/2022
Issue online: June 2022

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major pathogen causing infections in human ranging from mild to severe life-threatening conditions. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important nosocomial pathogen with high morbidity and mortality in both hospital and community settings. Total 600 nasal swabs were collected from patient visitors and Healthcare workers. Of these, 184 S.aureus (30.66%) were isolated. All S.aureus isolates screened for MRSA and 73 (39.67%) isolates showed MRSA by Cefoxitin disc diffusion method and PCR. 21 (28.76%) isolates detected pvl gene of the 73 isolated MRSA i.e., CA-MRSA. All MRSA isolates were typed into SCCmec element (I to V). Of these SCCmec type III was found more prevalent than other SCCmec types and 3 isolates were not typeable. MRSA still remains a significant problem in public Healthcare settings. Screening of MRSA among Healthcare Workers and patient visitors is mandatory to prevent the spread of CA-MRSA in hospitals.


MRSA, Patient visitors, Healthcare workers, CA-MRSA

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