Isolation and molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from public transport
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2012
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Microbiology and Immunology
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 76–82, January 2012
How to Cite
Iwao, Y., Yabe, S., Takano, T., Higuchi, W., Nishiyama, A. and Yamamoto, T. (2012), Isolation and molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from public transport. Microbiology and Immunology, 56: 76–82. doi: 10.1111/j.1348-0421.2011.00397.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 1 NOV 2011 04:25AM EST
- Received 20 May 2011; revised 8 September 2011; accepted 13 October 2011.
- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus;
- public transport;
- staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec;
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) not only causes disease in hospitals, but also in the community. The characteristics of MRSA transmission in the environment remain uncertain. In this study, MRSA were isolated from public transport in Tokyo and Niigata, Japan. Of 349 trains examined, eight (2.3%) were positive for MRSA. The MRSA isolated belonged to sequence types (STs) 5, 8, 88, and 89, and included community infection-associated ST8 MRSA (with novel type IV staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec) and the ST5 New York/Japan hospital clone. The data indicate that public transport could contribute to the spread of community-acquired MRSA, and awareness of this mode of transmission is necessary.