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Molecular Epidemiology of Methicillin Resistant Coagulase-negative Staphylococci Isolates from Blood Specimens at a Tertiary Hospital in the Caribbean

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Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) is a major component of the normal human body flora. Isolates of CoNS encountered in blood cultures are contaminants predominantly, however CoNS may also be a significant cause ofbacteraemia (1, 2). Methicillin resistant strains of coagulase negative Staphylococcus (MRSE) has been implicated in nosocomial infections increasingly (1). The importance of the infections caused by MRSE is emphasized by observation that these infections are associated with increase in morbidity and high mortality (3). Molecular epidemiological studies of MRSE provide important information on its spread in
healthcare facilities and the clinical significance in individual patients (4)

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e-Published: 03 Jul, 2013
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