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New MRSA strain is not at epidemic level, expert says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:10
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    Despite two recent hospital outbreaks of bacteria that produce the Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL) toxin, Britain is not facing an epidemic of dangerous strains of Staphylococcus aureus, says the Health Protection Agency's expert on methicillin resistant S aureus (MRSA).

    Angela Kearns said that although incidence “waxes and wanes” over time, recent cases in England implicate at least three different strains. “While we are seeing an overarching PVL related pattern of disease here, we're definitely not seeing an epidemic of a single strain.”

    The latest outbreak, reported three days before Christmas, involved a neonatal unit at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Six premature babies were affected by methicillin sensitive, PVL positive S aureus …

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