Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections in the Tropics
Steven YC Tong, Andrew C Steer, Adam W Jenney, Jonathan R Carapetis
DERMATOLOGIC CLINICS | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2011
Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) caused by Staphylococcus aureus are very common, particularly in children, in tropical regions. The proportion of S aureus SSTI caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant S aureus (CA-MRSA) varies according to region, but is up to 25% in some areas. There are diverse CA-MRSA clones, including several that harbor Panton-Valentine leukocidin. Key predisposing factors for staphylococcal infections are scabies infestation, overcrowding, poor hygiene, and inadequate water supplies. In the setting of a community outbreak of staphylococcal SSTI, interventions intended to improve personal and community hygiene are likely to be the most practical, effe..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
ST is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral fellowship (436,033).