A timeline movie of different MRSA clones discovered in Singapore. The movie unfortunately plays rather slowly (just over a minute). More detailed descriptions will be provided in subsequent blog posts.

I came across this site via a search on “superbugs” on Google News. The UK review team was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister in July 2014, and published its first report about 2 weeks ago. By the end of 2 years – summer 2016 – the Review will have to propose a package of […]

After a period of 6-7 years of “rational MRSA control’ targeted towards MRSA containment rather than eradication, many Singaporean public sector hospitals stepped up efforts to reduce their MRSA burden again. While it was clear that the infection control staff from different hospitals were communicating with each other, there was no overall or coordinated strategy among […]

I promised in an earlier post to discuss what I felt was the first major anti-MRSA campaign in Singapore. Although it occurred not too long ago (estimated 1994/5 – 1998/9), there are no easily obtainable records of what transpired, and I only started work right at the tail end of the “campaign” – at that […]

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) probably emerged in Singaporean hospitals in the 1970’s. The exact date, and whether the first isolates were imported from overseas or arose from within Singapore’s own S. aureus population is no longer known (or at least I have not been able to find someone who has a clear recollection of these events). We do have […]

What do disparate parts of the world such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Western Australia, and other Scandinavian countries have in common? From an infectious diseases perspective, they all have similarly low rates of healthcare-associated MRSA (and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria) despite being developed countries/regions with sophisticated healthcare. Denmark’s success in controlling healthcare-associated MRSA despite initial […]

The Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus was first discovered by Scottish surgeon Sir Alexander Ogston in his garden shed “laboratory” in 1881 (the short Wikipedia article on his discovery of S. aureus makes for quite interesting reading). It is a human commensal and an opportunistic pathogen, colonizing approximately a third of all humans, particularly those with certain conditions such as […]