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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 72  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126--128

Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in community-acquired primary pyoderma


1 Departments of Dermatology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Departments of Microbiology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Rahul Patil
Department of Dermatology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400 012, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.25637

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Background: Although prevalence of MRSA strains is reported to be increasing, there are no studies of their prevalence in community-acquired primary pyodermas in western India. Aims: This study aimed at determining the prevalence of MRSA infection in community-acquired primary pyodermas. Methods: Open, prospective survey carried out in a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai. Materials and Methods: Eighty-six patients with primary pyoderma, visiting the dermatology outpatient, were studied clinically and microbiologically. Sensitivity testing was done for vancomycin, sisomycin, gentamicin, framycetin, erythromycin, methicillin, cefazolin, cefuroxime, penicillin G and ciprofloxacin. Phage typing was done for MRSA positive strains. Results : The culture positivity rate was 83.7%. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated in all cases except two. Barring one, all strains of Staphylococcus were sensitive to methicillin. Conclusions: Methicillin resistance is uncommon in community-acquired primary pyodermas in Mumbai. Treatment with antibacterials active against MRSA is probably unwarranted for community-acquired primary pyodermas.






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