Doctors should be alert for virulent community acquired Staphylococcus aureus infection

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1739
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    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 …

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