Eradicating MRSA carriage: the impact of throat carriage and Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes on success rate

Collection Location Koleksi E-book & E-Journal Perpustakaan Pusat Unila
Edition Vol. 38, Issue 4
Call Number
ISBN/ISSN 1435-4373
Author(s) Bagge, Kristian...[et al.]
Subject(s) Biomedicine
Classification NONE
Series Title
GMD E-Journal
Language English
Publisher Springer
Publishing Year 2019
Publishing Place Switzerland
Abstract/Notes In Denmark, eradication treatment is recommended for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers. Here, we
analyze factors associated with eradication outcome. MRSA carriers referred to the MRSA Knowledge Center at Hvidovre
Hospital in 2013 were included. Carriers were sampled from nose, throat, and perineum. Eradication regimen was 5 days of
mupirocin nasal ointment and chlorhexidine whole-body wash. Oral antibiotics were sometimes added. Factors associated with
eradication after the first eradication attempt were analyzed by logistic regression and expressed as odds ratio (OR) with 95%
confidence interval (95% CI). Of 164 individuals, 143 completed 1- and 6-month follow-up after 1st treatment. Eradication was
achieved in 63 (38.4%) patients after one treatment and 101 (61.6%) individuals became MRSA free after up to 4 eradication
treatments. Throat carriage was associated with a higher failure rate (OR 0.29 (0.10–0.80)), while the presence of Panton-
Valentine leukocidin (PVL) genes (37%) was associated with higher success rate (OR 3.52 (1.44–8.57)). Other factors analyzed
were not significantly associated with eradication outcome. None of the 26 patients lost to follow-up developed later MRSA
infections. This study estimates the efficacy of treatment of MRSA carriage with an eradication rate of 38.4% after the first
treatment and a total eradication rate of 61.6% after several treatments. Throat carriers had a lower eradication success rate.
Adding oral antibiotics to the first treatment did not increase success. The finding of a significant higher success rate when having
a PVL-positive clone should be further investigated.
Keywords Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus . Infection control . MRSA eradication . MRSA decolonization .
Staphylococcal skin infections/prevention and control
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