Prevalence of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus among health care workers of intensive care units in Ecuador

  • Alejandra Ruiz Facultad de Ingeniería en Biotecnología, Escuela Politécnica del Ejército, Sangolquí, Ecuador
  • Marcelo Mora Centro Internacional de Investigaciones en la Salud-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Camilo Zurita Centro Internacional de Investigaciones en la Salud-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Danny Larco Centro Internacional de Investigaciones en la Salud-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Yadira Toapanta Centro Internacional de Investigaciones en la Salud-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Jeannete Zurita Centro Internacional de Investigaciones en la Salud-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Keywords: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), intensive care unit, health care facility

Abstract

Introduction: Colonization of health care workers with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been an important route of dispersion and infection of MRSA and has been implicated in epidemic outbreaks. The objective of the present study was to assess prevalence of MRSA colonization in the anterior nares of health care personnel at the intensive care unit (ICUs) of three hospital facilities in Quito, Ecuador.

Methodology: The prevalence of MRSA in specimens from all ICU health care workers of three hospitals was measured by using a real-time PCR assay and CHROMagar MRSA.

Results: The prevalence of MRSA among the three health care facilities was 2.4%.

Conclusion: The prevalence of MRSA colonization was relatively low compared to other studies and showed no differences between hospital facilities.

Published
2014-01-15
How to Cite
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Ruiz A, Mora M, Zurita C, Larco D, Toapanta Y, Zurita J (2014) Prevalence of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus among health care workers of intensive care units in Ecuador. J Infect Dev Ctries 8:116-119. doi: 10.3855/jidc.3535
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