Isolation and screening of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from health care workers in Libyan hospitals
AbstractThis is the largest Libyan study to date to investigate the prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] among health care workers in Tripoli, Libya. A total of 569 doctors and nurses from 4 main hospitals were screened for MRSA with specimens collected from the anterior nares. Isolates from 109 of the 569 subjects [19%] were confirmed as MRSA by polymerase chain reaction assay; the majority [98/109] were from a general hospital. Antimicrobial resistance patterns tested by disk diffusion were as follows: erythromycin [74%], ciprofloxacin [77%], clindamycin [20%], trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole [50%], quinuprisin/dalfopristin [19%], vancomycin [12%] and mupirocin [5%]. Eighteen isolates exhibited macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin B resistance [MLSB]: 6 were MLSBi and 12 were MLSBc The results provide evidence that Libyan health care workers could serve as MRSA carriers and play a role in the dissemination of MRSA to the public and other workers
Ahmed, M.O., Elramalli, A.K., Amri, S.G., Abuzweda, A.R. & Abouzeed, Y M. (2012). Isolation and screening of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from health care workers in Libyan hospitals. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118243
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (1), 37-42, 2012
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