Invasive Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Surveillance
To perform active population-based surveillance for invasive MRSA infections in Monroe County, New York.
Goals and Objectives
Document the incidence and epidemiologic characteristics of invasive MRSA infections in diverse geographic areas in the United States and determine if the infection is Health Care-Associated (HA-MRSA) or Community-Associated (CA-MRSA). HA-MRSA cases are further characterized as Hospital-Onset (HO-MRSA) or Community-Onset (HACO-MRSA).
Determine the molecular epidemiologic patterns and microbiologic characteristics of invasive MRSA isolates.
Potential cases of invasive MRSA infections are identified by obtaining a weekly listing from microbiology laboratories serving Monroe County hospitals. For confirmed cases, a standard case report form is completed. The case report data is entered into a database and de-identified data is sent monthly to the CDC. Data on demographics, patient outcomes, types of infections and co-morbidities is extracted from chart reviews. Classification of cases as CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA is based on current criteria related to health care risk factors.
Select isolates are sent to Wadsworth Center Bacteriology Laboratory (WCBL) from two microbiology laboratories. All isolates from CA-MRSA are sent, followed by isolates from non-blood sterile sites, followed by a random sample of isolates from blood cultures. WCBL then forwards the isolates to the CDC for further characterization.
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