TABLE 1

S. aureus clinical isolates

CharacteristicaNo. of isolates (%)
PFGE type
    USA10012 (25)
    USA2008 (16)
    USA30012 (25)
    USA4006 (12)
    USA6009 (18)
    Nontypeable2 (4)
Methicillin status
    MRSA39 (80)
    MSSA10 (20)
Isolation site
    Blood9 (18)
    Lungs12 (25)
    Wound/abscess/tissue13 (27)
    Vagina/mTSS5 (10)
    Nares2 (4)
    Other sterile site8 (16)
Total49 (100)
  • a PFGE, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis; MSSA, methicillin-susceptible S. aureus; mTSS, menstrual toxic shock syndrome.