A multiplex PCR assay was developed for the identification of major types and subtypes of staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) in meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains. The method uses a novel 9 valent multiplex PCR plus two primer pairs for S. aureus identification and detection of meticillin resistance. All 389 clinical MRSA isolates from Malaysia and 18 European isolates from the Harmony collection harbouring different SCCmec types that we tested were correctly characterized by our PCR assay. SCCmec type III and V were by far the most common types among both hospital- and community-acquired Malaysian MRSA isolates, with an apparent emergence of MRSA harbouring the IVh type.

doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.021956-0, hdl.handle.net/1765/27571
Journal of Medical Microbiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Ghaznavi Rad, E, Mariana, N.S, Sekawi, Z, van Belkum, A.F, & Neela, V. (2010). A simplified multiplex PCR assay for fast and easy discrimination of globally distributed staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec types in meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 59(10), 1135–1139. doi:10.1099/jmm.0.021956-0