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Summer 2007, Vol. 15 No. 2

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2007) 15, 69-73


Review Article

Update on bacterial skin infections: CA-MRSA

M Ip 葉碧瑤

Abstract
Staphylococcus aureus remains the commonest bacterial pathogen that causes skin and soft tissue infections. These strains evolve, were once susceptible to penicillin and cloxacillin, but are manifesting with methicillin (cloxacillin) resistance (MRSA). In some countries, these disseminate in the community, to be the so called, CA-MRSA, that possess unique genes encoding the panton-valentine leukocidin (PVL) toxins, which produce necrotising and recurrent abscesses. CA-MRSA is presenting as a major public health concern worldwide.