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The emergence of mecC methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Paterson, Gavin K.; Harrison, Ewan M.; Holmes, Mark A.


Gavin K. Paterson

Ewan M. Harrison

Mark A. Holmes


The report of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) encoding a divergent mecA gene in 2011 was highly significant. This homologue, designated mecC, poses diagnostic problems with the potential to be misdiagnosed as methicillin-sensitive S. aureus, with important potential consequences for individual patients and for the surveillance of MRSA. mecC MRSA have now been reported from 13 European countries and have been isolated from 14 different host species, with evidence of a recent increase in Denmark. The emergence of mecC MRSA is a topic of interest to human and veterinary microbiology, and we consider it timely to review here its discovery and subsequent investigation.


Paterson, G. K., Harrison, E. M., & Holmes, M. A. (2014). The emergence of mecC methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Trends in microbiology, 22(1), 42-47.

Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2013
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 24, 2015
Journal Trends in microbiology
Print ISSN 0966-842X
Electronic ISSN 1878-4380
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 42-47
Keywords Microbiology (medical); Microbiology; Virology; Infectious Diseases
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Trends in microbiology, 2014, v.22, issue 1


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