Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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General Information

Coagulase-positive, gram-positive cocci in clusters.

Can be broadly divided into health-care associated (HA) and community-associated (CA).

HA-MRSA is associated with many hospital-associated infections ranging from minor/severe skin and soft tissue infections to bloodstream infections and severe pneumonia. It also causes many device-associated infections and prosthetic infections.

CA-MRSA is associated with skin and soft tissue infections (e.g. abscesses) and necrotizing cases of pneumonia. However, it can also cause many severe infections as with HA-MRSA.

Similar to S. aureus.

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection

  • MSK infection

  • Endocarditis

  • Abscess

  • Pneumonia

  • Infection of prosthetic devices

  • Others

Infectious Disease consultation highly recommended for optimal patient outcomes.

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