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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication2-Dec-2015

Correspondence Address:
Abdulaziz Al-Quorain
P.O. Box 40001, Al Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.170879

PMID: 30787686

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Al-Quorain A. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2016;4:1

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Al-Quorain A. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Jan 21];4:1. Available from: https://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2016/4/1/1/170879

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium occupying the skin and nasal lining of 25-30% of healthy individuals. It can cause several difficult-to treat infections in humans. [1]

MRSA is a strain which acquired resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics and Cephalosporins. MRSA was first described in 1961 and had spread later throughout the world. Its prevalence had increased in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes and community settings. The term Healthcare-Associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) and Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) is reflecting this condition. [2]

The prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in hospital-acquired S. aureaus infections (HA-MRSA) has been progressively increased since its first description worldwide. [3],[4],[5] CA-MRSA, reported in 1980 among injection drug-users, became the most frequent cause of skin and soft tissue infection worldwide. [6],[7]

MRSA has been described and reported from Saudi Arabia since 1990. [8],[9] In this issue, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Yousef reviews Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in Saudi Arabia and its genotype distribution.

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