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Table 1 Distribution of genes for virulence factors in 200 S. aureus isolated from food handlers.

From: The prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and carriage of virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureusisolated from food handlers in Kuwait City restaurants

  Number (%) of isolates positive for virulence genes
Sources of S. aureus (#) SE cap5 cap8 agr I agr II agrIII lukS-lukF tst
Nose (129) 93 (72.1) 49 (38.0) 72 (55.8) 67 (51.9) 24 (18.6) 28 (21.7) 11 (8.5) 7 (5.4)
Stool (31) 21 (67.7) 15 (48.4) 15 (48.4) 17 (54.8) 6 (19.3) 7 (22.5) 4 (12.9) 1 (3.2)
Hands (31) 22 (70.9) 9 (29.0) 21 (67.7) 13 (41.9) 6 (19.3) 11 (34.0) 3 (9.7) ND
Throats (9) 6 (66.6) 3 (33.3) 6 (66.6) 4 (44.4) 4 (44.4) 1 (11.1) ND ND
Total (200) 142 (71.0) 76 (38.0) 114 (57.0) 101 (50.5) 40 (20.0) 47 (23.5) 18 (9.0) 8 (4.0)
  1. Abbreviations: cap, genes for capsular polysaccharide, agr, genes for accessory gene regulator, luKS-lukF genes for PVL, tst, genes for TSST-1. ND, Not detected