Genetic background and impact of Staphylococcus aureus in a cross-border region

E.F.L. Nulens

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MRSA (the hospital bacteria) occurs more in Belgian and German hospitals in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine than in Dutch hospitals. The ‘Search & Destroy’ policy of the Dutch government has – in spite of the high cost – realized containment of the MRSA contaminations in hospitals. Via genetic research this dissertation shows that several MSRA variants have dispersed to the Dutch patient population. Because there are many cross-border movements by patients between hospitals, and new ‘variants’ of the MRSA bacteria occur, the MRSA containment policy between the hospitals in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine should be matched to prevent transfer of MRSA between patients.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Bruggeman, Catharina, Supervisor
  • Stobberingh, Ellen, Co-Supervisor
Award date9 Dec 2010
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461590244
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • MRSA
  • cross-border
  • Euregion Meuse-Rhine

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