Doctors should be alert for virulent community acquired Staphylococcus aureus infectionBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1739 (Published 19 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1739
- Lisa Hitchen
Doctors should be vigilant for cases of community acquired Staphylococcus aureus infections, the Health Protection Agency has warned this week.
Recorded cases of Panton-Valentine leukocidin associated S aureus (PVLSA) infections in England and Wales have risen more than sixfold from 2005 to 2007, when there were 1361 cases recorded.
Whether there is a true rise is uncertain, explained Angela Kearns of the agency’s Centre for Infections at the agency’s conference in Coventry last week.
“We are seeing a year on year increase in numbers but it could be better recognition.” She said that the agency needed more data to …