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Hong Kong: CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA (10/04/10): a 44 year old man with invasive CA-MRSA infection.

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  • Hong Kong: CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA (10/04/10): a 44 year old man with invasive CA-MRSA infection.

    Hong Kong: CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA (10/04/10)


    [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, View Original Article.]

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (October 4) called on the public to be vigilant against infection by community-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a drug resistant bacterium.

    The appeal followed the CHP's investigation into a confirmed case of invasive CA-MRSA involving a man living in Yuen Long.

    The 44-year-old man, with history of intravenous drug addiction, presented with painful swelling and pus discharge over right groin since September 12. He was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on September 18 and is currently in stable condition.

    Blood specimen from the patient grew CA-MRSA.

    MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. It is a common infection worldwide. In recent years, many countries observed MRSA infections in healthy individuals who have not been hospitalised or stayed in other healthcare facilities or institutions, nor received medical procedures in the year before onset of symptoms. They are known as CA-MRSA infections and usually have special patterns of antibiotic resistance. It was widely recognised that indiscriminate use of antibiotics may contribute to antibiotics resistance, a CHP spokesman said. People are advised not to use antibiotics without medical professional advice. If they are advised by doctors to take antibiotics, they should take the medicine according to the prescribed frequency and dosage. People should observe good personal hygiene including washing hands with liquid soap frequently.

    For further information on CA-MRSA, please visit the CHP website, www.chp.gov.hk.
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