• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2009, Volume: 2, Issue: 12, Pages: 36-39

Original Article

Incidence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from septicemia suspected children


The objective of the present study is to determine the incidence, clinical features, bacteriological pattern and antibiotic sensitivity profile of septicemia suspected children in Tamil nadu, India. This study was undertaken in SBS Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Hosur and SRM Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. All children (Age 1-5 yr) admitted with clinical features and risk factors, suspected with septicemia were selected and the blood samples were collected. The study identified 54 septicemia or bacteremia children out of 298 suspected children screened (18.12 %). The isolated organisms from the blood sample were characterized by primary, biochemical and selective media identification methods. From the identified isolates, Staphylococcus aureus was found to be prominent organism (48.14 %). Then the screening of MRSA was carried out using standard method (38.46%). The antibiotic sensitivity pattern of S. aureus differs widely between methicillin resistant and sensitive isolates. The present study reveals that in case of MRSA isolates resistant to nearly all antibiotics, they were sensitive to oxacillin and vancomycin.

Keywords: Septicemia, MRSA, antibiotic resistance, clinical study, epidemiology, child health, India,


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