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J Infect. 2006 Mar;52(3):157-68. Epub 2005 Nov 9.

The emergence of infections with community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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  • 1Laboratory of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, St Elisabeth Hospital, P.O. Box 747, 5000 AS Tilburg, The Netherlands. b.diederen@elisabeth.nl

Abstract

Recently there have been reports indicating an increased incidence of MRSA infections, afflicting individuals with no apparent risk factors for hospital acquisition. Patients with community-associated (CA) MRSA are significantly younger and had different distributions of clinical infections compared with HA-MRSA patients. CA-MRSA infections have mostly been associated with staphylococcal strains bearing the SCCmec type IV element and PVL genes. These strains are more frequently susceptible to a variety of non-beta-lactam antibiotics. Clinicians must be aware of the wide and, in some cases, unique spectrum of disease caused by CA-MRSA. Continued emergence of MRSA in the community is a public-health problem that warrants increased vigilance in the diagnosis and management of suspected and confirmed staphylococcal infections.

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