Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Clin Infect Dis. 1999 Oct;29(4):797-800.

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitalized adults and children without known risk factors.

Author information

  • 1Department of Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. edward.gorak@amedd.army.mil

Abstract

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are not commonly recognized in healthy patients without predisposing risk. We performed a retrospective study of patients hospitalized with community-acquired MRSA infections from 1992 to 1996 in Honolulu to determine if community-acquired MRSA infections occurred in patients without known risk. Patients hospitalized within the previous 6 months or transferred from other hospitals or nursing homes were excluded. Epidemiological and clinical data were obtained from an inpatient chart review. Ten (71%) of 14 patients with community-acquired MRSA infection had no discernible characteristics of MRSA infections. Thirteen (93%) patients had skin or soft-tissue infections and one patient had MRSA pneumonia. Isolates from patients with MRSA infection were more likely to be susceptible to ciprofloxacin (P = .05), clindamycin (P = .03), and erythromycin (P = .01) than were those from MRSA-colonized patients. In our population, the majority of community-acquired MRSA infections occurred in previously healthy individuals without characteristics suggestive of MRSA transmission.

Comment in

PMID:
10589891
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk