TABLE 1.

Comparison of typing results for 117 S. aureus strains carried by individuals in the communitya

MethodTypeability (%)No. of typesDiscriminatory ability (%) (CI95)bOverall correlation between methodsGroup violation (%)
MLSTPFGERAPDPhage typing
MLST1004695.7 (94.4-97.1)1.00
PFGE1005797.6 (96.8-98.5)0.671.0021.6
RAPD1001685.7 (82.9-88.6)0.530.271.0049.4
Phage typing76.12380.9 (75.5-86.3)0.110.040.121.0086.9
  • a Strains were not associated with an outbreak of disease.

  • b CI95, 95% confidence interval.