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  • 1 Bács-Kiskun County Teaching Hospital Department of Hospital Hygiene Kecskemét Hungary
  • 2 Semmelweis University Clinical Microbiological Diagnostic Laboratory, Institute of Laboratory Medicine Budapest Hungary
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is currently one of the most prevalent antibiotic-resistant pathogens in hospitals, but it is also emerging as a community-acquired pathogen. We analysed the clinical and microbiological data of the patients in a county teaching hospital regarding MRSA. During the examination period (1996–2010), four outbreaks and one pseudo-outbreak occurred. It also became evident that health care workers and their families are possibly at risk of becoming carriers of MRSA. The importance of the molecular epidemiological investigation (pulsed-field gel-electrophoresis (PFGE)) typing and hygienic measures in order to detect and control MRSA outbreaks must be emphasised. Following infection control guidelines seems to be cost-effective method of controlling the nosocomial transmission of MRSA.

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