Journal of Family and Community Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 117--120

A review of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for primary care physicians


Huda A Bukharie 
 Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Unit, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Huda A Bukharie
PO Box 5746, Dhahran 3131
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections among young people without healthcare-associated risk factors have emerged during the past decade. Reported prevalence rates of CA-MRSA vary widely among studies, largely because of the different definitions employed and different settings in which the studies have been performed. Although the majority of CA-MRSA infections are mild skin and soft tissue infections, severe life-threatening cases have been reported. CA-MRSA infections have mostly been associated with staphylococcal strains bearing the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type IV element and Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes. These strains are more frequently susceptible to a variety of non-beta-lactam antibiotics. Clinicians must be aware of the wide spectrum of disease caused by CA-MRSA. Continued emergence of MRSA in the community is a public health problem, and therefore warrants increased vigilance in the diagnosis and management of suspected and confirmed staphylococcal infections.


How to cite this article:
Bukharie HA. A review of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for primary care physicians.J Fam Community Med 2010;17:117-120


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Bukharie HA. A review of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for primary care physicians. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2010 [cited 2021 Apr 21 ];17:117-120
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