Experts warn of rise in new MRSA strain

Cases of infection with EMRSA-15, a strain imported from the UK more than a decade ago, have increased steadily and accounted for nearly a fifth of all community-onset MRSA infections when biennial figures were last collated by the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) in 2010. 

The changing pattern of MRSA infection was on the agenda at the Australian Society for Microbiology annual scientific meeting in Brisbane this week.

Professor Graeme Nimmo, Queensland Pathology’s director of microbiology, said that EMRSA-15 was a “major cause of

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