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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
THEME ISSUE
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

State of the Art

Molecular Epidemiology of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Bo Shopsin*† and Barry N. Kreiswirth*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey; †Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

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Table 1

Comparison of typing methods used to discriminate Staphylococcus aureus strains

Method Total no. of types No. classified No. misclassified
Phage typing 18 25 4
Antibiogram 21 26 6
Biotype 23 17 2
Plasmids 20 23 0
HindIII ribotyping 16 27 7
ClaI ribotyping 9 29 7
IS typing 9 16 3
RFLP typing 17 28 3
coa-PCR 7 28 8
PFGE 25 28 7
FIGEa 25 27 3
Immunoblotting 23 28 6
MLEE 21 26 4
Range 7-25 16-28 0-8
Average 18 25 5
spa-typing 13 27 4

aFIGE = field-inversion gel electrophoresis.

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