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Health: MRSA

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many isolations of meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus from England and Wales were analysed by the Staphylococcus Reference Laboratory of the Health Protection Agency to identify their type in each of the last three years, and, of these, how many were tested using the method known as pulsed field gel electrophoresis[HL207]

The Health Protection Agency Staphylococcus Reference Laboratory received a total of 18,290 staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) for typing in the past three years (2004, 2005 and 2006) from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The majority (about 70 per cent) are meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was performed on 5,186 (28 per cent) of S. aureus received (see following table).

Year

Number of S. aureus referred for typing

Number of S. aureus tested by PFGE

2004

5835

1206

2005

6266

2050

2006

6189

1930

Total

18290

5186