Staphylococcus Aureus Pneumonia: Emergence of MRSA in the Community

Suzanne F. Bradley, MD


Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2005;26(6):643-649. 

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Infections due to CA-MRSA appear to be increasing worldwide and most are due to SSTI. Severe necrotizing pneumonia, bacteremia, and shock occur in relatively few persons with CA-MRSA infection, but fatal outcomes are common. Rapid recognition of possible staphylococcal infection in otherwise healthy persons with severe pneumonia and sepsis syndrome is essential. Early initiation of appropriate therapy for severe CA-MRSA and toxic shock is also critical for successful management of this infection. The diagnosis of CA-MRSA should be confirmed by cultures of sputum, blood, and other sites as appropriate to direct antibiotic therapy and to initiate infection control procedures.


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