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MRSA Whole Genome Sequence (WGS)

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2019, an enhanced MRSA surveillance programme was launched. This involved whole genome sequencing of MRSA isolates of cases reported in England within that period. A "chase for isolate" strategy was used, which involved active requests of the isolates of HCAI DCS MRSA cases which were not sent to PHE for typing. This strategy aimed to improve the isolates collection coverage in England and increase the knowledge on circulating MRSA strains in both hospital and community settings. This surveillance programme provided meaningful information on the distribution of MRSA causing bacteraemia in England. Interim reports have been already been presented at two conferences, ECCMID (2018) and ISSSI (Aug 2018). Future work will focus on national surveillance in response to the increase in MSSA bacteraemia.