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Staphylococcal Reference Laboratories Maps (SRL-Maps)

In November 2005 national representatives from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) decided to create a working group of Staphylococccus aureus reference laboratories across Europe.This working group supported a structured survey for the identification of the strain composition of S.aureus isolates that cause invasive infections in the European region.

During a 6 month period (Sep 2006 - April 2007), 2890 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S.aureus (MRSA) isolates from invasive infections of patients treated in 450 European health-care institutions from 26 European countries have been systematically collected and analysed by spa-sequence typing. This collection provides a genetic snapshot of the S. aureus population causing invasive disease in Europe and includes MSSA as well as MRSA strains.

The mapping platform utilizes Google Maps and Google Earth, providing a user-friendly and widely applicable research tool for geographic tracking of strains/clones with particular public health importance.  The Web Application 'SRL-Maps' utilises open API's provided by Google for viewing the spatial distribution of spa types across the EARSS network.

This project is a collaboration between -

The European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System
SeqNet.org
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London
EARSS
seqnet
Imperial
 


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