Impact of community-associated, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus on management of the skin and soft tissue infections in children
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- Mongkolrattanothai, K. & Daum, R.S. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2005) 7: 381. doi:10.1007/s11908-005-0013-1
Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are common illnesses that have a significant impact on health care management. Community-associated, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections have been documented among healthy individuals without predisposing risk factors. The appearance and spread of CA-MRSA represent a new challenge in pediatric medicine and have important clinical implications for therapy of infections caused by S. aureus. This article provides a review of recent changes in the epidemiology of CA-MRSA, pathogenic potential, and therapeutic considerations in the management of SSTIs in children.