Disc-diffusion and PCR Detection of Methicillin Resistance in Environmental Airborne Strains of Staphylococcus spp.

Katarzyna Wolny-Koładka, Anna Lenart-Boroń, Andrzej Kasprowicz
Pol J Microbiol
2014; 63 (3):
ICID: 1122697
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 10.00
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The aim of this study was to assess the species composition of airborne Staphylococcus spp. in public premises, to determine the methicillin resistance of the isolates and the prevalence of mecA gene, determining resistance to β-lactams. In total 65 Staphylococcus strains were isolated from 54 sites. Four strains exhibited phenotypic methicillin resistance, while the presence of mecA gene was found in 11 strains. The results of both assays were compared, showing that the phenotypic tests revealed methicillin resistance only in 36% of the examined samples. This study revealed high species diversity among airborne Staphylococcus spp. population, which consists of multidrug resistant strains.
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