European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 419–422

Healthcare-associated outbreaks and community-acquired infections due to MRSA carrying the Panton-Valentine leucocidin gene in southeastern Germany

Authors

    • Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
  • F. Wagenlehner
    • Urologische KlinikKlinikum St. Elisabeth
  • B. Strommenger
    • Nationales Referenzzentrum für StaphylokokkenRobert-Koch-Institut
  • I. Drubel
    • HygieneabteilungKlinikum Fürth
  • J. Tanzer
    • Seniorenheim St. Nikola
  • U. Reischl
    • Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
  • U. Raab
    • Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
  • C. Höller
    • Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit – LGL
  • K. G. Naber
    • Urologische KlinikKlinikum St. Elisabeth
  • W. Witte
    • Nationales Referenzzentrum für StaphylokokkenRobert-Koch-Institut
  • F. Hanses
    • Universitätsklinikum RegensburgAbteilung für Innere Medizin I, Infektiologie
  • B. Salzberger
    • Universitätsklinikum RegensburgAbteilung für Innere Medizin I, Infektiologie
  • N. Lehn
    • Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
Concise Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10096-005-1341-7

Cite this article as:
Linde, H., Wagenlehner, F., Strommenger, B. et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis (2005) 24: 419. doi:10.1007/s10096-005-1341-7

Abstract

In response to several isolations of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carrying the Panton-Valentine leucocidin gene (PVL-MRSA), the present study was conducted to document the spread of infection in a small region of southeastern Germany. During a 9-month period, two healthcare-associated outbreaks with PVL-MRSA occurred, affecting 83 patients, personnel and contacts of personnel, and 34 additional cases were detected in the community. The clinical spectrum ranged from colonization to skin infection and necrotizing pneumonia. The findings represent the largest number of PVL-MRSA cases detected in Germany so far, and demonstrate the potential of this emerging pathogen to spread within the community and in healthcare institutions.

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