Network inputs

How does it work?

Participating centres are requested to submit swabs of travel related skin and soft tissue infections or already isolated Staphylococcus aureus together with brief information on travel characteristics to the centre in Heidelberg. In case Staphylococcus aureus can be isolated from the material, information on methicillin resistance will be redistributed to the submitting institution (for research use only!). Results will be periodically summarized, provided to all centres, and made available to public health authorities in Europe. For detailed information (inclusion criteria, shipping of specimens etc.) see below and download section of this page or contact the study coordinators.

Criteria for inclusion of patients

      • Patient has pus producing skin infection on the day of the clinic visit
      • Patient has legal (≥ 18 years of age) and mental status to give consent
      • Submitting centre is located in the country of the patient’s current country of residence
      • Onset of skin infectionswhile abroad OR ii.) within 30 days after entry into the EU after a stay* outside the EU (*travel related or due to migration)
        (NOTE: the first clinic visit can be later than 30 days after return from trip as long as the time point of onset of infection is within the given timeframe.)

Expected input

      • nasal and lesional swabs (standard culture swab in transport medium)
      • short questionnaire with patient information (anonymous)
      • cost for packaging and posting patient material within Germany (Maxibrief, 2.60 €)
      • international transport via TNT will be covered by StaphTrav (details upon request)


Send submissions to:
Attn.: D.Nurjadi / P.Zanger
Department of Infectious Diseases
Medical Microbiology & Hygiene
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
1st Floor, Room 102
69120 Heidelberg