Community-acquired meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An emerging threat

Nicola Zetola, John S. Francis, Eric Nuermberger, William Ramses Bishai

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Abstract

Community-acquired meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming an important public-health problem. New strains of S aureus displaying unique combinations of virulence factors and resistance traits have been associated with high morbidity and mortality in the community. Outbreaks of epidemic furunculosis and cases of severe invasive pulmonary infections in young, otherwise healthy people have been particularly noteworthy. We review the characteristics of these new strains of community-acquired MRSA that have contributed to their pathogenicity and discuss new approaches to the diagnosis and management of suspected and confirmed community-acquired MRSA infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalLancet Infectious Diseases
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

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Methicillin
Staphylococcus aureus
Furunculosis
Virulence Factors
Infection
Disease Outbreaks
Virulence
Public Health
Morbidity
Lung
Mortality

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Community-acquired meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus : An emerging threat. / Zetola, Nicola; Francis, John S.; Nuermberger, Eric; Bishai, William Ramses.

In: Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol. 5, No. 5, 05.2005, p. 275-286.

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