National survey of molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus colonization in Belgian cystic fibrosis patients
Vergison, A × Denis, O Deplano, A Casimir, G Claeys, G DeBaets, F DeBoeck, K Douat, N Franckx, H Gigi, J Ieven, M Knoop, C Lebeque, P Lebrun, F Malfroot, A Paucquay, F Pierard, D Van Eldere, Johan Struelens, A. J #
Oxford University Press
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy vol:59 issue:5 pages:893-899
Objectives: Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is poorly defined in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, and S. aureus detection may be hampered by the presence of small colony variants (SCVs). We conducted a multicentre survey to determine the prevalence of S. aureus and MRSA colonization in Belgian CF patients and characterize the phenotype and clonal distribution of their staphylococcal strains.