Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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