Advertisement
Research Article

A Typical Hospital-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone Is Widespread in the Community in the Gaza Strip

  • Asaf Biber mail,

    asafbib@gmail.com (AB); gregev@hsph.harvard.edu (GR-Y)

    Affiliations: Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Ramat Gan, Israel

    X
  • Izeldeen Abuelaish,

    Affiliation: Global Health Division-Dala Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    X
  • Galia Rahav,

    Affiliation: Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel

    X
  • Meir Raz,

    Affiliation: Jerusalem-Hashfela District, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Modiin, Israel

    X
  • Liran Cohen,

    Affiliations: Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Ramat Gan, Israel

    X
  • Lea Valinsky,

    Affiliation: Government Central Laboratories, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel

    X
  • Dianna Taran,

    Affiliation: Central Laboratory, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Rehovot, Israel

    X
  • Aviva Goral,

    Affiliations: Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Ramat Gan, Israel

    X
  • Abedalla Elhamdany,

    Affiliation: Keystone Consulting Services, Gaza City, the Gaza Strip, Palestine

    X
  • Gili Regev-Yochay mail,

    asafbib@gmail.com (AB); gregev@hsph.harvard.edu (GR-Y)

    Affiliations: Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Ramat Gan, Israel

    X
  • for the PICR Study Group

    Membership of the PICR Study Group is provided in the Acknowledgments.

    X
  • Published: August 16, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042864

About the Authors

Asaf Biber, Galia Rahav, Liran Cohen, Aviva Goral, Gili Regev-Yochay
Infectious Disease Unit, Sheba Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Asaf Biber, Liran Cohen, Aviva Goral, Gili Regev-Yochay
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Ramat Gan, Israel
Izeldeen Abuelaish
Global Health Division-Dala Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Meir Raz
Jerusalem-Hashfela District, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Modiin, Israel
Lea Valinsky
Government Central Laboratories, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
Dianna Taran
Central Laboratory, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Rehovot, Israel
Abedalla Elhamdany
Keystone Consulting Services, Gaza City, the Gaza Strip, Palestine

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IA MR GR GRY. Performed the experiments: AB IA LC LV DT AE GRY. Analyzed the data: AB AG GRY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LV MR. Wrote the paper: AB LV GR AG GRY.