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  • 1 Master Program in Clinical Laboratory Science (MCLS), Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine
  • 2 Department of Biology and Biotechnology, An-Najah National University, P.O. Box (7), Nablus, Palestine
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Abstract

Molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates in three different Arab world countries (West Bank of Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq) was the aim of the study presented here. This is done on the basis of spa sequencing and staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) typing. The majority (92%) of the spa-tested isolates belonged to spa type t932 and possessed the (SCCmec) type III. These data suggest that MRSA clone, which harbors the spa type t932 and (SCCmec) type III, had been transferred throughout the three studied countries.

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