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Friday, March 2, 2012

Hong Kong : Vigilance urged against community-associated MRSA

Press release from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 2) called on the public to stay 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 an 82-year-old woman living in Central and Western district.

The woman, with underlying illness, was admitted to Grantham Hospital for an underlying medical problem on November 30, 2011.

She presented with increased shortness of breath and sputum production on February 17. Her sputum culture grew CA-MRSA.

The woman is currently in a serious condition. Her home contacts are asymptomatic."

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