Staphylococcus aureus carriage in selected communities and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns

A. Norazah, V. K E Lim, S. N. Munirah, Mohamed Kamel Abdul Ghani

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Abstract

The carriage and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of Staphylococcus aureus in the community were determined. Nasal, throat and axillary swabs were taken from 100 healthy adults and 90 disabled nursing home inmates. Antibiotic disc susceptibility testing was conducted following the NCCLS method. Staphylococcus aureus carriage was noted in 29% of healthy adults and 47.7% of nursing home inmates. Out of 79 strains, resistance to antibiotics were as follows; penicillin (92.4%), gentamicin (2.5%), tetracycline (6.3%), fusidic acid (11.3%), erythromycin (3.8%), pefloxacin (5.1%), mupirocin (3.8%), amikacin (3.8%), ciprofloxacin (2.5%) and chloramphenicol (2.5%). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was not isolated. Multiple colonizations and multi-antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus were shown to occur in healthy individuals without risk factors and not previously hospitalized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume58
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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Staphylococcus aureus
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Nursing Homes
Mupirocin
Pefloxacin
Fusidic Acid
Amikacin
Chloramphenicol
Erythromycin
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Ciprofloxacin
Microbial Drug Resistance
Pharynx
Gentamicins
Tetracycline
Nose
Penicillins

Keywords

  • Antibiotic susceptibility
  • Community
  • Staphylococcus aureus carriage

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Staphylococcus aureus carriage in selected communities and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns. / Norazah, A.; Lim, V. K E; Munirah, S. N.; Abdul Ghani, Mohamed Kamel.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 58, No. 2, 06.2003, p. 255-261.

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