An Investigation of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection of Infants in a Hospital in Nantou County, Taiwan

Chih-Ying Chen

2008 Vol.24 NO.5

Correspondence Author: Wen-Shih Tsai


The nosocomial infection of methicillin-risistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is very common and difficult for treatment. A nosocomial infection control subcommittee in a hospital in Nantou, Taiwan, found a MRSA-suspected incidence in the Baby Room and Infant Care Center. This hospital immediately adopted necessary measures for infection control as well as requested technical support from Centers for Disease Control laboratories. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was used for S. aureus genotype differentiation. This incidental infection of MRSA was confirmed by comparing the bacterial DNA fingerprint-maps. This article described the epidemical course, detection, investigation, and disease control in this hospital.
Keywords: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), nosocomial infection.