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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 12, Issue 3, Pages 149-152
Original Article

Community-Based Cluster of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in Manitoba

Carol A Kurbis1,2 and John L Wylie1,3

1Cadham Provincial Laboratory, Manitoba Health, Canada
2Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
3Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 25 June 1999; Accepted 22 June 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A community-based, single strain cluster of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is described. The cluster of cases was identified in a small rural community in southwestern Manitoba, although some spread of the MRSA strain to neighbouring communities was observed. The majority of people were otherwise healthy, had no contact with the hospital system and did not fit the profile of those at risk for MRSA infection.