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Antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospital wastewaters and sewage treatment plants with special reference to MRSA.
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PMID:  23057695     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: To investigate the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in untreated hospital wastewaters (UHWW), their transmission into the receiving sewage treatment plant (STP) and survival through the STP treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Over 8 consecutive weeks of sampling we isolated 224 S. aureus strains from UHWW-1, UHWW-2 and its receiving STP inlet (SI) and post-treatment outlet (SO). These strains were typed using the PhP typing method and RAPD-PCR and tested for their antibiotic resistance patterns. Resistance to cefoxitin and the presence of mecA gene identified MRSA isolates. In all, 11 common (C) and 156 single (S) PhP-RAPD types were found among isolates, with two multidrug resistant (MDR) C-types found in H2, SI and SO. These C-type strains also showed resistance to cefoxitin and vancomycin. The mean number of antibiotics to which the strains from UHWW were resistant (5.14± 2) was significantly higher than the STP isolates (2.9±1.9) (p<0.0001). Among the 131 (68%) MRSA strains, 24 were also vancomycin resistant. MDR strains (including MRSA) were more prevalent in hospital wastewaters than in the STP. CONCLUSION: This study provides evidence of the survival of MRSA strains in UHWWs and their transit to the STP and then through to the final treated effluent and chlorination stage. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: This preliminary study identifies the need to further investigate the load of MRSA in hospitals' wastewaters and possible their survival in STPs. From a public health point of view this potential route of hospital MRSA dissemination is of great importance. © 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for AppliedMicrobiology.
J M Thompson; A Gündoğdu; H M Stratton; M Katouli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Faculty of Science, Health and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, DC 4558, Queensland, Australia.
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