Comparison of the BD GeneOhm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) PCR assay to culture by use of BBL CHROMagar MRSA for detection of MRSA in nasal surveillance cultures from an at-risk community population

Jason E. Farley, Paul D. Stamper, Tracy Ross, Mian Cai, Sharon Speser, Karen C. Carroll

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Abstract

We compared the BD GeneOhm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) PCR assay to culture with BBL CHROMagar MRSA for nasal surveillance among 602 arrestees from the Baltimore City Jail. The sensitivity and specificity were 88.5% and 91.0%, respectively, and after secondary analysis using enrichment broth, they were 89.0% and 91.7%, respectively. Twenty-three of 42 false-positive PCR lysates contained methicillin-susceptible S. aureus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-746
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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