alexa Classification of staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec): guidelines for reporting novel SCCmec elements


Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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Staphylococci, which frequently colonize the skin and mucous membranes of humans and animals, have the capacity to acquire antimicrobial resistance determinants rapidly, particularly after the introduction of new antimicrobial agents into clinical practice. Because Staphylococcus aureus shows the highest pathogenic potential among the many species of staphylococci, the acquisition of resistance determinants by S. aureus has presented the greatest challenge to the treatment and control of staphylococcal infections. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are particularly important because they are a leading cause of health care-associated infections worldwide, and have also emerged as a major cause of community-associated infections.

This article was published in Antimicrob Agents Chemother and referenced in Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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