Table 3

Characteristics of MRSA strains causing bacteraemia in children

% Of isolates of each strain with indicated characteristic
CharacteristicEMRSA-15* (n=63)EMRSA-16 (n=5)Other strains (n=25)
Antibiotic resistance
 Penicillin100.0100.0100.0
 Ciprofloxacin95.2100.024.0
 Erythromycin52.40.056.0
 Gentamicin4.80.028.0
 Fusidic acid17.50.044.0
 Linezolid0.00.00.0
 Vancomycin0.00.00.0
 Teicoplanin0.00.00.0
Presence of toxin gene
 PVL0.00.020.0
 TSST-11.6808.0
  • * Includes >8 subtypes identified by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE).

  • Includes four subtypes identified by PFGE.

  • Includes 1 Irish-1 strain, 5 PVL-MRSA and 19 belonging to more minor MRSA clones.

  • PVL, Panton–Valentine leucocidin.