TABLE 3.

Types of SCCmec elements carried by 44 MRSA strains isolated from 42 healthy childrena

District or groupNo. of MRSA strains testedNo. of strains with the following type of SCCmec element:
IIaIIbIVaIVn
Miyagi, first1971101
Miyagi,a second21100
Children sampled a second time in Miyagi91710
Kyoto61023
Saga81025
Total44111959
  • a Among the 236 children sampled twice, 2 children continuously carried MRSA strains, and in the second test 7 children carried newly acquired MRSA strains. Therefore, 44 MRSA strains were isolated from 42 children.