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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 102, No. 4, 2007, pp. 539-540
Bioline Code: oc07085
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 102, No. 4, 2007, pp. 539-540

 en The presence of qacA/B gene in Brazilian methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus check for this species in other resources
Miyazaki, Neide H Tokumaru; Abreu, Alessandra O; Marin, Victor A; Rezende, Cleide AF; Moraes, Márcia TB & Bôas, Maria Helena S Villas

Abstract

A total of 74 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains isolated from three government hospitals in 2002 and 2003 were examined concerning the distribution of qacA/B gene, which is the determinant of resistance to quaternary ammonium compounds largely employed in hospital disinfection. By polymerase chain reaction the qacA/B gene was found in 80% of the isolates, which is a significant result considering it is the first time that qacA/B gene is being reported for Brazilian MRSA strains and it is presented at a high rate.

Keywords
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - quaternary ammonium compounds - qacA/B gene

 
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