First Report of Oxacillin Susceptible mecA-Positive Staphylococcus aureus in a Children’s Hospital in Kunming, China

Infect Drug Resist. 2021 Jul 6;14:2597-2606. doi: 10.2147/IDR.S317670. eCollection 2021.


PURPOSE: The present study investigated the prevalence characteristics of oxacillin susceptible mecA-positive Staphylococcus aureus (OS-MRSA) in a children's hospital in Kunming from January 2019 to December 2020.

METHODS: A total of 499 S. aureus strains were included in the study and tested for oxacillin susceptibility using the VITEK 2 Compact automated antimicrobial susceptibility test system. All oxacillin-susceptible strains were detected mecA and mecC by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). E-test was used to compare the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA), methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and OS-MRSA for oxacillin, cefoxitin, penicillin, vancomycin, erythromycin, and clindamycin. Molecular typing of OS-MRSA was performed by MLST and SCCmec typing. Toxin genes were detected by PCR.

RESULTS: Forty-five OS-MRSA strains were detected, for an overall rate of 9.02% (45/499). The MICs of MSSA, OS-MRSA, and MRSA against oxacillin were concentrated at 0.38, 0.38, and 12 μg/mL, respectively; the cefoxitin MICs of MSSA and MRSA were concentrated at 2 and 32 μg/mL respectively; and MICs of OS-MRSA were concentrated at 2 and 8 μg/mL; penicillin, vancomycin and erythromycin MICs against MSSA, OS-MRSA, and MRSA showed same centralized points and were 32, 1, and 256 μg/mL, respectively; the MICs of clindamycin against MSSA were 0.5 μg/mL, while that against OS-MRSA and MRSA were concentrated at 256 μg/mL. Molecular typing of OS-MRSA was dominated by ST59-SCCmec IV. The carrier rates of hemolysin genes (hl-a, hl-d) and fibrinogen-binding clumping factor genes (clfA, clfB) were 100% in OS-MRSA, followed by 40% (18/45) for enterotoxin genes (sea, seb).

CONCLUSION: OS-MRSA has a high detection rate in children, and main molecular typing is ST59-SCCmecIV in Kunming. The identification ability of automated antibacterial drug sensitivity test detection systems for OS-MRSA is very limited. A combination of phenotypic analysis and molecular detection should be used to improve OS-MRSA identification.

PMID:34262304 | PMC:PMC8275014 | DOI:10.2147/IDR.S317670