Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Changing epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Alberta, Canada: population-based surveillance, 2005–2008

  • J. KIM (a1), C. FERRATO (a2), G. R. GOLDING (a3), M. R. MULVEY (a3), K. A. SIMMONDS (a4), L. W. SVENSON (a4) (a5), G. KEAYS (a5), L. CHUI (a2) (a6), M. LOVGREN (a2) and M. LOUIE (a1) (a2) (a7) (a8)...

Increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been reported in Canada. We report the results of a prospective surveillance of MRSA infections in Alberta over a consecutive 3-year period. A total of 8910 unique clinical MRSA isolates was analysed from July 2005 to June 2008. The incidence of MRSA infection increased over the study period and was highest in males, age group ⩾85 years, and the Calgary Area. CMRSA10 (USA300) and CMRSA2 (USA100/800) were the most common PFGE strain types, representing 53·0% and 27·9% of all isolates, respectively. Significant differences were noted between MRSA strains in the source of infection and antimicrobial susceptibility. The incidence of MRSA infection in Alberta has nearly doubled in the last 3 years; this is attributed to the emergence of CMRSA10 as the predominant strain.

Corresponding author
*Author for correspondence: M. Louie, M.D., FRCPC, 3030 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4W4. (Email:
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Epidemiology & Infection
  • ISSN: 0950-2688
  • EISSN: 1469-4409
  • URL: /core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 4 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 89 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 18th October 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.