Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 630–636 | Cite as

Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus based on culture and PCR in inpatients at a tertiary care center in Tokyo, Japan

  • Hirokazu Taguchi
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto
  • Hiroki Ishikawa
  • Shoichi Ohta
  • Tetsuo Yukioka
Original Article


We investigated active screening for colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on admission and weekly follow-up surveillance after admission to a tertiary care center (TCC) between June 2007 and 31 December 2007. Eleven percent (30/267) of patients were found to be positive for MRSA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and/or culture on admission; 5% (12/267) became positive during the TCC stay. The major primary diagnoses in MRSA-positive patients were pneumonia and cerebrovascular diseases. Twenty-two (52%) of 42 patients were found to be MRSA positive by both PCR and culture, compared with 19 (45%) of 42 who were PCR positive and culture negative. These findings suggest that active surveillance with PCR is highly sensitive and useful for the detection of MRSA colonization. To our knowledge, this is the first report of active surveillance of MRSA by PCR and bacterial culture in critically ill inpatients in Japan.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Real-time PCR Tertiary care center Active surveillance testing 



We appreciate the advice and expertise of Drs. Shiro Mishima and Kimihito Koshihara. We also thank Etsuko Kutsukake of the Microbiology Department of Tokyo Medical University for her PCR analysis of MRSA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirokazu Taguchi
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto
    • 2
  • Hiroki Ishikawa
    • 2
  • Shoichi Ohta
    • 1
  • Tetsuo Yukioka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Emergency and Critical Care MedicineTokyo Medical UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyTokyo Medical UniversityTokyoJapan

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