Emergence of a new clone carrying Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes and staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type V among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Greece

Vassiliki Chini, Efthimia Petinaki, Héléne Meugnier, Antigoni Foka, Michele Bes, Jerome Etienne, George Dimitracopoulos, Iris Spiliopoulou

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Clonal analysis and PCR screening for the presence of Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) genes was performed among 694 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cases collected during a 2-y period in Greece. The detection rate of PVL-positive MRSA is high, both in the community and in hospital. Clonal analysis revealed the predominance among the PVL-positive strains of the clonal complex CC80 (ST80-IV) and the emergence of ST377 clone carrying agr1 allele and SCCmec type V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-372
Number of pages5
JournalScandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology

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