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Volume 40, Number 4, August 2007

Molecular epidemiology of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in a teaching hospital

Chih-Yu Chi, Mao-Wang Ho, Cheng-Mao Ho, Po-Chang Lin, Jen-Hsian Wang, Chang-Phone Fung
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung; Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung; and Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Received: December 14, 2005    Revised: July 6, 2006    Accepted: July 13, 2006   


Corresponding author:

Dr. Chang-Phone Fung, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, No. 2, Yude Rd, North District, Taichung 404, Taiwan. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Background and purpose: 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a key nosocomial pathogen globally. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections have become a growing problem in recent years. The purpose of this 4-year retrospective study was to analyze the molecular epidemiology and susceptibility pattern of isolates from adults (≥18 years of age) with CA-MRSA bacteremia in northern Taiwan.




Molecular epidemiology of CA-MRSA isolates was analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Antimicrobial susceptibility was tested by the disk diffusion method and the minimal inhibitory concentration was determined by Etest.




Thirty eight patients with CA-MRSA bacteremia were enrolled. Thirty one CA-MRSA isolates were available for further molecular typing and susceptibility testing. A total of 13 distinct genotypes were identified and 48.4% (15/31) of the isolates were found to belong to genotype A. Genotype A CA-MRSA isolates were closely associated with the nosocomial strains. All CA-MRSA isolates were multidrug resistant (19.4% susceptible to clindamycin and 25.8% to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) and consistent susceptibility was only observed to glycopeptides, rifampin, and linezolid.




This study demonstrated that although CA-MRSA genotypes were heterogeneous, the predominant genotype that was circulating in our community was genotype A. Also, the multidrug resistance of CA-MRSA might be connected to the spreading of nosocomial strains in the community.



Key words:

Bacteremia; Electrophoresis, gel, pulsed-field; Infections, community-acquired; Staphylococcus aureus



J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2007;40:310-316.