Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profile of Staphylococcus aureus in inherited epidermolysis bullosa: a cross-sectional multicenter study in Brazil.

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Infection is an important complication of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), and Staphylococcus aureus has been pointed out as the most common pathogen among this population. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profile of S. aureus colonizing EB patients in Brazil.This cross-sectional multicenter study was conducted between December 2015 and December 2017. We included a total of 89 individuals with EB from medical centers across Brazil. Data were obtained through clinical and bacteriological investigation. S. aureus were identified by biochemical tests. The nuc and mecA genes were confirmed by PCR assay. Antimicrobial susceptibility was investigated by disk diffusion method.The overall prevalence of S. aureus was 51.7% (46/89). Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was detected in 24.7% (19/77) of all S. aureus isolates, colonizing 15.7% (14/89) of all patients. Community-associated (CA)-MRSA strains were resistant against sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim and levofloxacin (P 


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Authors: Juliana T Santin, Luiza M Mariath, Adriana M Rossato, Lavínia Schuler-Faccini, Ana E Kiszewski

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