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Volume 13, Number 3—March 2007

Dispatch

Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec in MRSA, Taiwan

Jann-Tay Wang*, Chi-Tai Fang*, Yee-Chun Chen*, Chia-Ling Wu*, Mei-Ling Chen*, and Shan-Chwen Chang*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China;

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Table 1

Pulsotypes, characteristics, and sources of 190 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates, Taiwan, 1992–2003

Year, clinical syndrome (no. isolates)*Pulsotype 
(no. isolates)Source specimen 
(no. isolates)†Site of isolation
(no. isolates)‡
1992
   NI (9)A (4), B (3), F (1)Bl (3), Ur (2), Sp (2), Pu (2)ICU (6), ward (3)
   NC (8)A (3), B (4), F (1)Sp (4), Wo (4)ICU (3), ward (5)
   IEOH (5)A (4), B (1)Sp (4), Pu (1)ICU (3), ward (2)
1993
   NI (10)A (1), B (8), F(1)Bl (4), Ur (1), Sp (2), Pu (3)ICU (8), ward (2)
   NC (14)A (11), B (3)Sp (5), Wo (5), Ns (3), Ct (1)ICU (9), ward (5)
   IEOH (1)A (1)Sp (1)Ward (1)
1994
   NI (9)A (4), B (4), D (1)Bl (7), Sp (1), Pu (1)ICU (4), ward (5)
   NC (8)A (1), B (6), C (1)Sp (4), Wo (3), Ns (1)ICU (5), ward (3)
1995
   NI (9)B (3), C (5), E (1)Bl (2), Sp (3), Pu (4)ICU (6), ward (3)
   NC (25)A (1), B (13), C (9), D (2)Sp (14), Wo (5), Ns (6)ICU (19), ward (6)
   IEOH (1)B (1)Sp (1)Ward (1)
1996
   NI (23)A (1), B (1), C (20), D (1)Bl (15), Sp (3), Pu (5)ICU (16), ward (7)
   NC (11)A (1), C (10)Sp (7), Wo (2), Ns (1), St (1)ICU (11)
   IEOH (7)A (1), B (2), C (4)Bl (2), Sp (5)ICU (5), ward (2)
2003
   NI (24)C (10), D (2), K (5), L (2), M (3), other (2)Bl (16), Sp (4), Pu (4)ICU (10), ward (14)
   NC (26)A (1), C (10), K (6),L (3), M (5), other (1)Sp (14), Wo (12)ICU (12), ward (14)

*NI, nosocomial infection acquired at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH); NC, nosocomial colonization at NTUH; IEOH, MRSA infection detected at NTUH within 48 h after transfer from another hospital.
†Bl, blood; Ur, urine; Sp, sputum; Pu, pus; Wo, wound; Ns, nostril; Ct, catheter tip; St, stool.
‡ICU, intensive care unit.

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