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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hong Kong : Call for vigilance against community-associated MRSA infection

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 29) called on the public to be vigilant against infection by community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a drug resistant bacterium.

The appeal was made following the CHP's investigation into a confirmed case of invasive CA-MRSA involving an 89-year-old man living in Wan Chai.

The patient presented with fever and cough on March 16 and was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital the next day. He is currently in a stable condition. His blood specimen grew MRSA. His home contact was asymptomatic.

MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. It is a common infection worldwide."

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