Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Malaysia were shown to possess staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec)-III and IIIA. Spa sequencing and multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) documented t037 and ST 239 (CC8) for 83.3% of the isolates. This confirms observations in several other Far Eastern countries and corroborates the epidemicity of this clone.

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Keywords Malaysia, article, bacterial chromosome, bacterial gene, bacterium isolate, clonal variation, gene locus, gene sequence, genetic epidemiology, genotype, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, nonhuman, prevalence, priority journal
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Neela, V, Ghasemzadeh Moghaddam, H, van Belkum, A.F, Horst-Kreft, D, Mariana, N.S, & Ghaznavi Rad, E. (2010). First report on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus of Spa type T037, Sequence type 239, SCCmec type III/IIIA in Malaysia. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases: an international journal on pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, therapy, and prevention of infectious diseases, 29(1), 115–117. doi:10.1007/s10096-009-0813-6