Epidemiology of the Staphylococcus aureus CA-MRSA USA300 in Belgium

Last updated on 11-2-2022 by Sigrid De Keersmaecker

Peer reviewed scientific article




The methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) sequence type (ST) 8 Panton-Valentine toxin (PVL)-positive USA300 clone has a worldwide distribution. The USA300 North American (NA) variant, harbouring the arginine catabolic mobile element (ACME), is predominant in the USA while the Latin American (LV) variant is predominant in Northern South America. Both variants have failed to become endemic in Europe. We examined here the epidemiology of the USA300 clone in Belgium from 2006 to 2019. A total of 399 clonal complex 8 PVL-positive MRSA isolates received between 2006 and 2019 by the B…

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