Case report: Identification of intra-laboratory blood culture contamination with Staphylococcus aureus by whole genome sequencing

Anushia Ashokan, Lito E. Papanicolas, Lex E.X. Leong, M. Theodossi, Santhosh Daniel, Steve L. Wesselingh, Geraint B. Rogers, David L. Gordon

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Staphylococcus aureus in blood cultures is rarely considered a contaminant. We report a case of intra-laboratory contamination between blood culture bottles which was confirmed by whole genome sequencing, highlighting the importance of molecular analysis in the clinical laboratory setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Aug 2019


  • Bacteremia
  • Clinical isolates
  • MRSA
  • Metagenomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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