TABLE 1

Epidemiological data and spa type for MRSA isolates (all spa type t001) in this study

IsolateaIsolation date (day-mo-yr)Ward(s)Source (clinical impact)b
P125-Aug-2003ICU-BWound (I)
P229-Aug-2003ICU-BWound (I)
P35-Sep-2003ICU-ALung aspirate (C)
P48-Sep-2003ICU-ANose (C)
S18-Sep-2003ICU-A and ICU-BNose (C)
P59-Sep-2003Ward-AWound (I)
P69-Sep-2003ICU-ANose (C)
S210-Sep-2003ICU-BNose (C)
E110-Sep-2003ICU-BComputer keyboard (NA)c
P719-Sep-2003ICU-BSkin (C)
P820-Sep-2003Intermediate care-ASkin (C)
P924-Aug-2001Ward-BNose (C)
S319-Dec-2002ICU-A and ICU-BNose (C)
P1024-Apr-2003Ward-CWound (I)
P1125-Aug-2003Ward-DWound (I)
P127-Sept-2003ICU-CNose (C)
P138-Nov-2004ICU-BNose (C)
P1410-May-2006ICU-ADeep respiratory material (C)
  • a Isolates named by source: P, patient; S, staff member; E, environment.

  • b I, infection; C, colonization; NA, not applicable.

  • c The isolate was obtained from a computer keyboard in the staff room of the ward. Environmental sampling was initialized after the identification of an index patient (P1) and two further patients with spa type t001 (P2 and P3) due to suspicion of a cluster of nosocomial transmissions.