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Spa typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
- Necrotizing pneumonia
- Skin and soft tissue infections
Send cultures as growth on culture medium or in transport medium.
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Completed Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Requisition.
Spa typing is a sequence based method. Spa types are generated according to Ridom nomenclature and compared to a national database.
10 calendar days if request is urgent, otherwise, 30 calendar days batched routine.
- Golding GR, Campbell JL, Spreitzer DJ, Veyhl J, Surynicz K, Simor A, Mulvey MR. Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP). 2008. A preliminary guideline for the assignment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to a Canadian pulsed-field gel electrophoresis epidemic type using spa typing. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. (4):273-81.