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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hong Kong : CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA

Via Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection, excerpt :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 20) 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 a 73-year-old woman.

The woman, who has underlying medical conditions, presented with headache since May 31. She was found unconscious on June 6 and was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital. The clinical diagnoses were stroke and pneumonia.

The patient is currently in critical condition. Her sputum collected grew CA-MRSA.

The woman lives with her family in Canada. She came to Hong Kong on May 31. Her home contacts had no symptoms of CA-MRSA infection.

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

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