Staphylococcus aureus CC398 Clade Associated with Human-to-Human Transmission

AJ McCarthy, Willem van Wamel, S Vandendriessche, J Larsen, O Denis, C Garcia-Graells, AC Uhlemann, FD Lowy, R Skov, JA Lindsay

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Staphylococcus aureus clonal complex 398 (CC398) isolates colonize livestock and can spread to human contacts. Genetic analysis of isolates epidemiologically associated with human-to-human, but not livestock, transmission in multiple countries and continents identified a common clade that was negative for tet(M) and positive for bacteriophage phi 3. Another group of human-to- human-transmitted isolates belonged to the common livestock-associated clade but had acquired a unique phi 7 bacteriophage.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)8845-8848
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Environmental Microbiology
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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